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List ten developmentally appropriate behavior guidance techniques that can be used in a preschool or kindergarten classroom. Explain how each guidance technique would be used in a classroom.

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1. Remember... it is always easier to prevent misbehaviors than to fix them after they've already occurred.

Teachers need to sit with the children and talk to them about what they're doing. Play with them! Ask questions and listen to their answers. Most behavior problems can be prevented simply by showing interest in what the children are doing or saying.

2. Model the behavior you want to see.

The children learn by watching YOU! Be aware of what you say and do while you're in the classroom. If you want the children to be more polite, then you need to model polite behavior. If you want the children to use quiet voices, you also should speak quietly. Children see and hear a lot more than we are aware of. Always be thinking about what lessons you want them to learn by watching and listening to you.

3. Minimize wait times

You know how annoying it is to stand in a slow checkout line at the grocery store? That's exactly how children feel when they have to wait for anything. But while you (hopefully!) are able to wait without behaving inappropriately, children haven't mastered this skill yet. If we cut down on wait times, we can eliminate a lot of behavior problems. Sometimes waiting cannot be prevented (for example, when children have to stand in line to wash hands.) At times like this teachers can sing songs or play simple games like "Simon Says" to help pass the time.

4. Offer choices (but only if it's a real choice!)

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Solution Summary

This article lists and explains ten tips for guiding the behavior of young children. The goal of goal of the behavior-management techniques is to teach children how to eventually manage and regulate their own behavior. All behavior management techniques listed use positive guidance strategies that are considered DAP (developmentally appropriate practices). These techniques are used by many early childhood teachers in preschool or kindergarten classrooms. The article written in a format that is easy for students or beginning teachers to understand.

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