What Kind of Support Do You Need to Be The Teacher You Want To Be?

What Kind of Support Do You Need to Be The Teacher You Want To Be?

I’ve got one more question for you.

What does support looks like for you?

It could be about any area of your life but of course my goal is to support you in your work and specifically with the children that exhibit challenging behavior so feel free to include anything but especially your thoughts about what it would look like to feel supported at work….and with those kids, you know the ones.

Why I Don't Do New Year's Resolutions

Why I Don't Do New Year's Resolutions

 Last night I went out to dinner with a friend and she asked me, "do you do resolutions?"

"No." 

I do intentions. And, as I explained to Julia that feels really different. 

I guess for me New Year's Resolutions always felt like they were inherently a critique on what I was currently doing, who I was, or how I showed up in the world.

Whereas for me setting intentions is about what I want to bring into my life.

It's pretty aligned with how I see my work with children…

Got Preschoolers "Playing Guns"?

Got Preschoolers "Playing Guns"?

I got this question recently from an Instructional Coach and I KNOW she is not alone in wanting help with a situation like this so I wanted to share it in case you have a similar situation or know anyone who does...

"Barb, Any suggestions on a preschooler who's only interest is playing with guns? 

He is one that one of my teachers is having a lot of behavior issues. I suggested implementing a behavior plan but first determine his interest. 

Playing with guns is PROHIBITED within our district."

I want to urge you all to recognize that gun play is NOT a behavior problem. 

Are you inadvertently inviting kids to yell, "NO!"?

Are you inadvertently inviting kids to yell, "NO!"?

I keep learning again and again that for some reason its wildly pervasive in our field that we give kids choices when in reality there's no choice!

"It's time to clean up now, ok?"

ACK!!!! No no no no NO! Don't say that. You are inferring a choice where there is none!

I don't know why we do it exactly but its SO pervasive. We put that upswing, infer a question, or even use the "...ok?" at the end of sentences that should really be statements. 

Redirection, a Magical Misunderstood Strategy

Redirection, a Magical Misunderstood Strategy

Do you use "redirection" as a way to respond to children who are using toys in unsafe ways, not following directions, are about to bite a peer, or who are engaging in other unwanted behavior?

I recently discovered that there are a good number of early childhood professionals that say that they or the teachers they supervise use "redirection"...but when asked to describe what they say or do to "redirect" it turns out that redirection is NOT actually the strategy they are using!!!!

YIKES.