We have a question from an early childhood educator regarding managing children’s behavior. Jennifer wants to know how we can help children who have destructive behaviors in the classroom and I shared with her two very important things that she will need to do:
- Address underlying cause
Now as simple as this sounds, it’s actually NOT!
There are so many variables when it comes to young children because they are complex with ever growing needs and feelings and they often need help understanding and internalizing their experiences. As such, my (tried and tested but often regarded to unorthodoxed) approach is one that doesn’t really focus on ‘fixing’ the immediate problem (of destructive behaviors) but rather it aims at getting to the bottom of it……to identify the underlying cause of the child’s behaviour.
And to explain this, I’m going to have to touch a little on applied child developmental psychology so that we can understand what children fundamentally need.
Do you ever have students in your classroom who have misbehaviors, and no matter what you try to ‘immediately rectify’ that problem, it keeps coming back? Share your story in the comments section below and I will read all of them.
Jennifer, as promised, here is my private email : firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to hear how you get on with your struggles, and please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Here is a link to my Free video training series for teachers. I think you’ll find it useful.