Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Reminder

This week, it's been hard to find something good to take away so I thought I'd post some reminders on what we're teaching children during their tough moments.  My goal this year involves executive functions, which you can read more about here: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/multimedia/videos/inbrief_series/inbrief_executive_function/ and here: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/executive-function-disorders/what-is-executive-function

When children...               Teachers can:

Throw a tantrum                  Help children switch focus and with time, help them find other solutions
                                             Teach calm-down strategies (try Conscious Discipline)

Hit others                             Good problem-solving skills

Aimlessly wander                Involve them in a project revolving around their interests
                                             Help children plan before going to centers

Use inappropriate words     Teach and help children remember good words to use
                                             Direct focus to pay attention to good things

Run in the class                   Help children call on past experiences and apply consequences to the
                                            present 

 

Can you tell some of the things we've been dealing with this week?  I hope this helps you because writing this down has helped me too.

*We use lots of social strategies in our classroom; if you want to learn more, go find my Incredible Years crash course on both Teachers Notebook and TeachersPayTeachers*

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