Behavior Communicates – Virtual Toolkit
Professional Development Activity
Begin by reading the Growing Ideas: Behavior Communicates Tipsheet (PDF) and completing the Growing Ideas Into Action Handout (PDF) – A resource to use as you read and use the tipsheets.
- “Ask a Friend to Play” video from the Head Start Center for Inclusion.
- “Ask a Friend to Play” Print and Go Resources, Head Start Center for Inclusion.
Try, Review, Reflect and Plan:
“Asking a Friend to Play” offers four simple ways to help children learn how to initiate play with other kids.
- Click on the first website link above to view the two minute video.
- Click on the second website link above to download the PDF documents:
- Ask a Friend to Play – Directions
- Ask a Friend to Play – Visual
- Try out the strategies in your program.
- Use the Behavior Communicates Self-Reflection Guide and Documentation Sheet (PDF) to:
- Review, reflect and plan your work with children.
- Document your training hours.
Highly Recommended Resource:
Bilmes, J. (2004-2012). Beyond Behavior Management Second Edition: The Six Life Skills Children Need to Thrive in Today’s World. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press. Available at http://www.redleafpress.org/Beyond-Behavior-Management-Second-Editi-P530.aspx ISBN: 978-1-60554-073-3
Are you struggling to manage children’s behavior in your classroom?
All children—not just those with challenging behaviors—require guidance as they develop the social and emotional skills they will use the rest of their lives. This resource provides everything you need to help children build and use six essential life skills: attachment, belonging, self-regulation, collaboration, contribution, and adaptability. Developed and tested in the classroom, this strength-based approach includes strategies, examples of supportive interactions, and special activities to help you manage challenging behaviors and strengthen social and emotional development in all children. Reflecting significant changes in early childhood education, this second edition of Beyond Behavior Management aligns each life skill with early learning standards and addresses cultural awareness and its impact on child development. With these essential life skills, children will exhibit more prosocial behaviors, work better as a classroom community, and become excited and active learners.
This edition includes two new chapters and content reflecting early learning standards, new research, cultural diversity, and strategies to strengthen the home-school connection. Discussion and reflection questions, exercises, journal assignments, child profile templates, a planning worksheet, and sample scripts are also included.
Age focus: 3-6. Softbound, 336 pgs.
Children’s Book Selection:
Wells, R. (2000). Noisy Nora. Puffin Picture Book.
“It’s tough being the middle mouse.No one’s paying any attention to Nora, so she decides to do something her family can’t ignore: make noise. Nora slams windows, bangs doors, and upsets furniture, to no avail. It’s not until she crashes out the door – and the house goes strangely silent – that her family realizes: a noisy Nora is much better than no Nora at all.”
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