Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood: Positive Discipline for PreK-3 Classrooms and Beyond (Paperback)Ronald Mah (author)
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'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
Teachers are experts 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 behavioural 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 behaviours and needs. In an engaging, conversational tone, the book covers:
* Reconciling the different behavioural expectations of families and schools
* Applying timeout effectively
* Motivating children immediately and powerfully
* Establishing and following through with boundaries
* Developing behaviour incentive plans that work
* Identifying early signs of depression, anxiety, grief, and special needs
Through informed practice, teachers can bring about positive behavioural change and healthy, productive development.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 254 x 177 x 11 mm
"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 Sanchez, NBCT, Dual Language Pre-K Teacher
"Learning to manage children's behavior is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Children tend to act out at inopportune moments, and the rest of the class is always watching to see how the teacher responds to an individual child's behavior. This invaluable resource goes a long way toward helping teachers develop practical strategies for effective classroom management." -- Marilyn Karp, Editor-in-Chief
"The flow of the book is smooth and easy to grasp. The vignettes, discussions, and practical suggestions are true-to-life and applicable." -- Dimensions of Early Childhood, Spring/Summer 2007
"I am thoroughly impressed. As an early childhood educator and administrator, I felt this book provided a realistic description of behavior in children of this age. This is an excellent resource to use as a staff development tool. There are useful tips, but most of all, it makes you think about each child and how your interactions are so crucial." -- Denise Humphries, Preschool Principal
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