Create Responsive Environments Where Young Children Thrive
by Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed.; foreword by Sandra Duncan, Ed.D.
How do gardeners respond to a plant that doesn’t bloom? Do they leave it to wilt? Do they uproot it? No, they adjust the plant’s environment—its soil, water, fertilizer, light, and supports—to help ensure that it thrives.
With similar attention, children with challenging behaviors can also thrive. Like gardeners, educators of young children need to look beyond challenging behaviors to what a child’s actions are communicating about the learning and living environment. Maybe…
- A boy often hits others because his play space is too cramped
- A girl constantly chatters to friends because class projects are not stimulating enough for her
- A group of kids has a habit of running because the classroom is unintentionally arranged like a racetrack
- A child who cries nonstop every morning at drop-off just needs five minutes of lap time with a teacher before joining the others
- This book expertly guides early childhood teachers in analyzing their classroom elements, routines, and responses to children with a goal of decreasing challenging behaviors. Readers learn proactive strategies related to:
-Family partnershipsWhen teachers create environments that teach skills rather than punish individual actions, they reduce behavior problems and nurture the growth of all young learners.Digital content includes all the forms from the book, along with a PDF presentation. (178 pp.)