Preventing Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Early childhood teachers identify children’s challenging behaviors as one of the most challenging aspects of their jobs. In fact, this is the number one area for which early childhood teachers report feeling the least prepared.

To be successful, teachers must be able to prevent and respond to challenging behaviors. These behaviors can often be prevented through using teaching practices or preventive practices designed to benefit all children in the classroom.

One powerful preventive practice is establishing clear behavior expectations and rules and systematically teaching and encouraging children to follow them.

This preventive practice can significantly impact children’s behavior and help classrooms function more smoothly. It creates a common ground for how children and adults are expected to treat each other. The use of this practice also builds a strong classroom community, promotes physical and emotional safety, and helps children develop confidence and competence as they grow.

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Tina Abner

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