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“Teachers of young children will feel validated by this book that explains the issues underlying behaviors that challenge us on a daily basis and shows how to address them effectively.”

-Xiomara S´nchez, NBCT, Dual Language Pre-K Teacher, Darwin Elementary School, Chicago, IL

“Covers the breadth of children's behaviors that teachers are likely to see, and describes the major motivators for them very well. The examples and scenarios are highly interesting, meaningful, and transferable to classroom practice.”

-Gail Hardesty, Early Reading First Mentor, Chicago Public Schools, IL

Increase your understanding of children to guide and shape behavior in positive ways!

Teachers are masterful in balancing the diverse backgrounds, social-emotional needs, and academic goals of children in their classroom-that is, if they can only get them to sit still, pay attention, keep their hands off of each other (or out of the fish tank), or a host of other effective aggravations! But creating a classroom of attentive learners takes more than swift discipline-it involves helping children make good behavioral choices by developing their self-control rather than controlling them to make the choices we prefer.

Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood offers insight into understanding why certain children behave in certain ways, so teachers can react appropriately to individual behaviors and needs. In an engaging, conversational tone, the book covers:

Reconciling the different behavioral expectations of families and schools; Applying timeout effectively; Motivating children immediately and powerfully; Establishing and following through with boundaries; Developing behavior incentive plans that work; Identifying early signs of depression, anxiety, grief, and special needs

Through informed practice, teachers can bring about positive behavioral change and healthy, productive development.

Follow-Through and Consistency
Follow-through and consistency
Consecutive BehaviorsEffective Set of ResponsesIneffective Set of Responses
1. Swearing at another child“You're on timeout.”“Stop it!”
2. Swearing at teacher“You're on timeout.”“You're on timeout.”
3. Swearing at book“You're on timeout.”“Don't do that!”
4. Swearing when hit“You're on timeout.”[Ignores child]
5. Swearing at pencil“You're on timeout.”“You're on timeout.”
6. Swearing at toy“You're on timeout.”“That's not nice.”
7. Swearing to self“You're on timeout.”“No free time for you today.”

Any single adult response to children's behavior may be experienced in isolation. But what is the pattern of a longer set of responses? Effective sets of responses that shape children's behavior over time include both follow-through and consistency. Ineffective sets of responses lack follow-through and/or consistency. Children do not know if the adult is serious when the responses vary significantly from incident ...

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