One of the first things I learned in the education program was the importance of leaving our feelings at the door and focusing on the children. I agree with this and I feel like we should try to put our outside life, outside the classroom but there is a point where this can be come… Continue reading Being authentic while still leaving our feelings at the door
Last week I talked a little bit about the RIE® conference in my post. Along with learning about my oh-hum mode I also learned about helping children regulate their aggression. I got the privilege to hear Ruth Anne Hammond speak on Regulating aggression in young children: working with their instincts, not against them. One of… Continue reading Self-regulation: Is it really about self?
My mom and I had a long car ride this weekend, she is a teacher also (first grade), so we got to talking about behaviors in the classroom. We have quite a few friends that are teachers or work in a school setting and if feels like everyone has been talking about how behavior problems… Continue reading How much is too much?….control
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we share our own emotions with children, especially our big emotions like frustration, anger, over excitement, sadness and so on. I know as educators we are asked to leave our emotions at the door but this is so hard to do! I agree with this idea but at… Continue reading How do we share OUR feelings with children?
I’m continuing my reading in “it’s OK not to share” by Heather Shumaker. I recently read the chapter titled “Let kids hit and kick.” It really got me thinking about how we support children in expressing their anger. I strongly believe in helping children through their emotions rather than trying to fix them. Every child… Continue reading How do we support children in expressing their anger?
To follow up with my post about telling a crying child “you’re okay”, I wanted to think about distractions. This is when we say to a crying child “oh here are some blocks let’s build” or “look at the birds outside” when we really know they are not in the mind set to play. We… Continue reading Distractions: at what cost?
When I hear a baby or toddler cry I feel a change in myself. It maybe a feeling of panic, an intense feeling to save the child or one of frustration (ugh I just gave you a piece of pear and you threw it on the floor! Now you’re crying because you want it back).… Continue reading You are okay!: Is this really helpful and who are we saying this to?