The Importance of Paying Attention to Child Behavior

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Teachers need to pay attention. Learn how to teach and understand the behavior of children in this free video on parenting and education.

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Hi, I'm Pam on behalf of Expert Village and now we're going to talk about understanding behaviors in children. Again, the way that you speak to the child and how much attention you give the child is going to affect how the child behaves. For instance, let's say that a child hits another child. First thing that you want to do is get down on their level. A good example of something to say is just to say simple "No, I cannot let you hit the other children." It used small short words, it's easy for them to comprehend, and it lets them know exactly what they can do. Now, a bad example would be to just get down in their face and yell at them and say it's not nice to hit the other children, they don't like it when you're mean. You don't want to tell a child that their mean because then that's going to put the idea into their head and they're going to go, "well, she thinks I'm mean, I have to act mean." Let them know that's not nice. When you're done cleaning up blocks, I'm going to help you find a different center, but right now you can't play in block center because I can't let you hurt my friends. That lets them know, ok, gives them a list that they can follow. I need to clean up the blocks and then I can go to a different center. They're going to like the fact that they get to choose what center that they get to go to. You haven't embarrassed them, you haven't yelled at them, you haven't done anything that hurts their feelings, and you also haven't given them too much attention. You kept it short and sweet to let them know that you know what's going on, but you're not going to feed the fire.

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