[R-0462] S6: Social Interactions

Citation: The IRIS Center. Early Childhood Behavior Management: Developing and Teaching Rules. Retrieved from [site] [or enter The IRIS Center. Early Childhood Behavior Management: Developing and Teaching Rules” in your search window]

Abstract: This one and one-half hour module offers information on how to create developmentally appropriate behavior rules for early childhood classrooms so that they link to a given school’s behavior expectations. Users may first want to visit the links at the bottom of the page that provide a module outline, a video tutorial on finding your way around the module, information on the adult learning theory on which the modules are based, and suggestions for materials to supplement information presented in the module. The module begins with a Challenge and Initial Thoughts which are useful for assessing the knowledge base of the learner. Next, Perspectives and Resources provides in-depth information including the differences between behavior expectations and classroom rules and how establishing behavior expectations and rules helps prevent problem behaviors before they begin. A Wrap-Up and Post-Test Assessment tool are also provided. After completing this module, learners will be to describe the importance of establishing classroom rules for young children that align with the behavior expectations of the school, understand the guidelines for effectively developing and displaying rules for early childhood environments, identify different strategies for teaching and reinforcing rules for young children, and describe how to communicate rules and expected behaviors to families.

Integration: This module consists of content and activities that fit well within several early childhood courses. One is Curriculum Planning as exemplified by this module quote: Developing and displaying rules is an important first step for helping children understand what is expected of them in the classroom. If children are to learn the rules and follow them every day in a variety of settings, teachers must intentionally and systematically teach both the rules and the expected behaviors.”

Content Focus: Behavior Expectations; Challenging Behaviors; Child, Family, and Community; Child Guidance; Classroom Rules; Curriculum Planning; Prevention Strategies; Social and Emotional Development; Teaching Behavior Expectations and Rules

Notes: After presenting the information in this module, instructors should group scholars so that those who are working in early childhood settings are the facilitators of each group. Teams will then create their own rules and expectations after discussing their experiences working with young children.