Early Childhood Challenging Behavior Tool

Are you experiencing challenging behaviors in the classroom? You are not alone. Stress causes more than 75% of health problems affecting teachers. Using this tool can help alleviate stress and promote success in your classroom.

This tool focuses on four categories to help you better handle challenging classroom behaviors.

Positive Relationships - Form a positive and solid teacher-child relationship. Observe and engage the child. Take notes on actions and behaviors. Promote a positive learning environment for that child.

Learning Environment - Look at schedules, transitions between activities, room arrangements, rules, emotional climate, and teacher-child relationships.

Communication - Take a proactive approach to challenging behavior by partnering with parents, early childhood program staff at other locations (if applicable), and consult with early childhood social emotional specialists.

Collaboration - Gather a team that includes parents, teachers, early childhood program staff, and counselors and set up a meeting. Create an action plan or behavioral support plan in order to encourage positive growth and educational experiences.

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