Reflecting on children’s challenging behavior is an essential part of an early childhood educator’s role. Here are ways you can reflect on and address challenging behavior in young children [see CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR]:
Check the child: are they sick, hungry, or tired?
Check the environment: is the child over- or understimulated? What can you do to improve the classroom environment?
Consider the child’s individual needs: Each child is unique, and their behavior may be influenced by factors like temperament, developmental stage, and cultural background. Reflect on how these factors may be impacting the child’s behavior and how you can support their individual needs.
Check your relationship with the child: do you have a positive connection? If not, how can you improve your relationship?
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