Difficult Preschool Behavior
Working with preschoolers can be fun and exciting but it can also be tiring and a challenge. They are at the age where they want to learn new things. They are full of energy and questions. At this age, they are a handful, and when you have a classroom full of preschoolers you better be prepared. In this case, we see Jane Chambers a preschool teacher, uses effective strategies to run her classroom smoothly. The strategies are anticipation and redirection, natural supports, materials/space, keystone behaviors, collaboration, structure and routines, and reveal reasons.
The first strategy is a very important one for preschoolers. It was know as anticipation and redirection. This is when you anticipate that something might happen and you redirection a child before you have a problem. In the case, you can see an example of anticipation with the construction site. This site is an area in the room where the children can play like construction workers.
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Mrs. Chamber has picked the materials for this site. In anticipation that children might fight over the tools, there is no one hammer or one hat of one color. Mrs.
Chambers redirects a child who is sitting on the couch watch other child do a puzzle. She redirects the boy to painting in stead of sitting on the couch. “Redirection is a way to divert or distract the child from an undesirable behavior into a more appropriate activity” (Marion, 1999). With preschool age child redirection is a great way to handle unwanted behavior. The next strategy is natural supports. These are the least intrusive supports because they happen naturally in the surroundings (Bauer, 2004). In early childhood, the best support is support of their peers.