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Testing Behavior, Asking for help and How we respond

I know I post A LOT about staying unruffled with toddlers and how I’m always trying to keep my cool. This is by far the hardest part of my job. I know that toddlers test the people they have the strongest connection with, I know it’s a sign of feeling safe, I know that testing… Continue reading Testing Behavior, Asking for help and How we respond

Classroom Environment · Improving my Teaching Practice

Water table: staying unruffled and a little negotiation

On Monday I put water in the sensory table with a large strainer, some small bowls and two scoops. I put in enough water so the children could easily pour and scoop the water. I had just read the post by Janet Lansbury, 9 Best Ways to Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers , so I… Continue reading Water table: staying unruffled and a little negotiation

Children and Emotions · Improving my Teaching Practice

How do we share OUR feelings with children?

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?

Children and Emotions

How do we support children in expressing their anger?

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?

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Check in #2: don’t forget to celebrate!

After writing my last check in post, I felt pretty discouraged. I felt like I wasn’t a great teacher and that I should have been more successful at approaching testing behaviors in a new calmer way. This week, we had very few children so there were less testing behaviors and I was able to stay… Continue reading Check in #2: don’t forget to celebrate!

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Check in #1: responding to testing behaviors

Last week I posted about a new self talk strategy I’ve been trying out. If you haven’t read my post yet, check it out! Before I let you know how it’s been going, here is a little more information about where I got the phrase “limit, acknowledge, follow through” from. Steps I Recommend 1. Clearly… Continue reading Check in #1: responding to testing behaviors

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My new self talk when responding to testing toddlers

  Today I read Janet’s latest post, Don’t leave a testing toddler hanging, she could not have written this at a better time (at least for me!). I have to say this week was a little tricky in my classroom, a LOT of testing behavior was happening. In times like these, when the testing behavior… Continue reading My new self talk when responding to testing toddlers