Archive of Behavior – EC

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Managing Early Childhood Transition Time

Posted on December 12, 2011

Pushing in line. Fighting over toys. Running for the playground—and falling. Distracted faces. Tears and frustration. Many early-childhood teachers will witness such drama in the coming weeks—and may even share in the tears and frustration. Not all children are ready to learn when they enter school. And sometimes we don't do enough to help them. Before students even arrive, new teachers should consider how to handle all the "in-between times" during the school day. For instance, h

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‘Screen-Free’ Play Best for Toddlers’ Brains

Posted on November 11, 2011

Even 'educational' programming is less healthy than independent play, experts say Unstructured play is much better than TV or videos for encouraging brain development in infants and toddlers, a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement says. Free play helps children under age 2 learn to think creatively, problem solve, and develop reasoning and motor skills at an early age. It also teaches them how to entertain themselves, the pediatric experts pointed out in an AAP news releas

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A Four-step Decision Making Framework for Identifying Effective and Efficient Behavioral Strategies for Struggling Students

Posted on October 10, 2011

The Challenge Many principals and teachers struggle with discipline problems within the classroom and school setting on a daily basis that interfere with instruction and achievement. Educators understand the importance of creating and maintaining a positive learning environment so all students can learn, yet, often get stuck in a cycle of negative interactions with some students that perpetuate the problem. The solution is that schools need systematic procedures of positive behavioral int

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Study: Young Children’s Interest in Reading Relates to Behavior

Posted on September 09, 2011

Preschoolers who enjoy spending time with a good book are more likely to behave better in the classroom, according to research from Purdue University. Jennifer Dobbs-Oates, an assistant professor of developmental studies, has found there is a relationship between preschoolers' interest in literacy and their behavior in the classroom. Children who are more interested in literacy-related activities are more likely to show positive, adaptive behaviors than negative, disruptive kinds of

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No Lasting Problems Seen for “Late Talkers”

Posted on July 07, 2011

At age 2, the children identified as “late talkers” were more likely than other toddlers to have behavioral problems. But there was no difference between the groups at ages 5, 8, 10, 14 and 17. The study, published online on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, followed children who were part of the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study, including 1,245 children whose speech was not delayed — they were using at least 50 words and could string two or three words together in a phrase

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Minimize Challenging Behaviors During Transitions

Posted on January 01, 2011

When transitioning students with disabilities from one activity to another, perhaps we should consider what preschool teachers already know. Too many consecutive, non-preferred activities in a row or activities that last too long can lead to trouble. Getting a student to agree to leave a preferred activity willingly can be just as tough. Effective preschool educators structure the environment and schedule the daily routine in a way that minimizes the likelihood a student will engage in ch

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New Web-based RIDE (Responding to Individual Differences in Education) Behavior Intervention Bank

Posted on September 09, 2010

Most teachers have little difficulty identifying students (Pre-K – high school) who present behavior problems in the classroom. Teachers frequently report students who are overly aggressive, disruptive, off-task, non-compliant, come to class unprepared, have inappropriate social skills, etc. The challenge is more how to intervene and teach appropriate behavior, often within the framework of RtI (Response to Intervention) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). The 2010 revis

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