Let’s be truthful; teaching would be a lot easier if kids never acted out -- if they didn’t come to school with problems of their own that resulted in challenging behavior. But that’s an impossible wish; there will always be children who display challenging behavior and it’s part of a teacher’s job to know not only how to handle it but also to ensure that these children aren’t excluded from activities or from the learning.
Because that is so very much easier said than done, I invited Barbara Kaiser, co-author of Challenging Behavior in Young Children, and early childhood specialist Amanda Morgan to join me on Studentcentricity.
The discussion touched on a number of themes near and dear to my heart: the premise that we should be preparing schools for kids and not the other way around; the premise that all children are not the same and we need to respect their differences; the need to teach about and respect personal space; and cooperation vs. competition! Also covered was the need to create a caring, compassionate classroom environment that prepares all children to become successful members of society – a caring, compassionate society!
That, I believe, is one of the greatest purposes of early education....