Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood: Positive Discipline for PreK-3 Classrooms and Beyond / Edition 1

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Overview

Teachers are masterful in balancing the diverse backgrounds, social-emotional needs, and academic goals of children in their classrooms—that is, if they can only get them to sit still, pay attention, keep their hands off of each other (or out of the fish tank), or a host of other effective aggravations! But creating a classroom of attentive learners takes more than swift discipline—it involves helping children make good behavioral choices by developing their self-control rather than controlling them to make the choices we prefer.

Difficult behavior in Early Childhood offers insight into understanding why certain children behave in certain ways, so teachers can react appropriately to individual behaviors and needs. In an engaging, conversational tone, the book covers

  • Reconciling the different behavioral expectations of families and schools
  • Applying timeout effectively
  • Motivating children immediately and powerfully
  • Establishing and following through with boundaries
  • Developing behavior incentive plans that work
  • Identifying early signs of depression, anxiety, grief, and special needs
Through informed practice, teachers can bring about positive behavioral change and healthy, productive development.
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Editorial Reviews

Gail Hardesty
"Covers the breadth of children's behaviors that teachers are likely to see, and describes the major motivators for them very well. The examples and scenarios are highly interesting, meaningful, and transferable to classroom practice. "
Xiomara Sanchez
"Teachers of young children will feel validated by this book that explains the issues underlying behaviors that challenge us on a daily basis and shows how to address them effectively. "
Marilyn Karp
"Learning to manage children's behavior is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Children tend to act out at inopportune moments, and the rest of the class is always watching to see how the teacher responds to an individual child's behavior. This invaluable resource goes a long way toward helping teachers develop practical strategies for effective classroom management. "
Dimensions of Early Childhood
"The flow of the book is smooth and easy to grasp. The vignettes, discussions, and practical suggestions are true-to-life and applicable. "
Denise Humphries
"I am thoroughly impressed. As an early childhood educator and administrator, I felt this book provided a realistic description of behavior in children of this age. This is an excellent resource to use as a staff development tool. There are useful tips, but most of all, it makes you think about each child and how your interactions are so crucial. "
Xiomara Sánchez
"Teachers of young children will feel validated by this book that explains the issues underlying behaviors that challenge us on a daily basis and shows how to address them effectively. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412937153
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,250,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Mah,an educator and licensed marriage and family therapist, has worked in early childhood education for 16 years. A credentialed elementary and secondary teacher, he is the author of Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood and The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution (2006 and 2008, Corwin Press). He wrote the Asian Pacific Islander Parent Education Support curriculum (DHS-San Francisco, 1996). Mah has DVDs on child development and behavior (Fixed Earth Films), and has been involved in community and high school mental health clinics, severe emotional disturbance, at-risk youth, welfare-to-work, and Head Start programs. A graduate college instructor and Board of Directors member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and of the California Kindergarten Association, Mah combines concepts, principles, and philosophy with practical techniques and guidelines for effective and productive results. Mah has a psychotherapy practice in San Leandro, California where he works with children, teens, adults, couples, and families.

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Table of Contents

1 Discipline in classrooms, families, and society 9
2 Before timeout : understanding children's sense of time 23
3 Three common uses of timeout and why they fail to work 31
4 The community theory of timeout that works 39
5 Applying timeout effectively 45
6 Boundaries : the foundation for growth and change 55
7 Follow-through and consistency 61
8 How and why punishment works - and doesn't work 69
9 The effective and judicious uses of praise 75
10 The most important lesson of choices 83
11 Motivating reward systems : key issues and effective principles 89
12 Rewards-only behavior plans 99
13 Connecting goals to motivating rewards 105
14 When there is more to it : helping children with deeper issues 121
Conclusion : now what? 145
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