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STAFF TRAINING
Working with Children


Behavior Management

Behavior Management in the Classroom

  • The Classroom Environment: Indoors, Outdoors and Timing
  • The People in the Classroom
  • The Curriculum
  • Discipline

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Fostering Analytical Thinking

Fostering Analytical Thinking Skills

  • Learn how to engage children's minds
  • Encourage curiosity and initiative
  • Learn to develop meaningful activities/projects
  • Explore open-ended dialogue

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Child Development

Child Development and How It Influences Behavior

  • Analyze abilities from birth to age 5
  • Physical - Social/Emotional - Intellectual - Language
  • Brainstorm and share appropriate activities

How Children Learn

  • Examine theories and brain research
  • Analyze learning styles and temperament

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Communications Skills with Children

I'm Talking But They're Not Listening

  • Gain new ideas of what to do when . . .
  • Practice positive speaking and active listening
  • Smooth out communication glitches

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Conflict Managements with Children
(Social Problem-Solving Skills)

Can be scheduled for 2 to 8 hours.
Every attempt is made to fit your needs in increments of 1, 2 or 3 hour segments.


Set Limits and Save Your Sanity

  • Discover your style of dealing with conflict
  • Review positive options for discipline
  • Learn how to facilitate children's social problem-solving
  • Consider effective communication skills
    • Active Listening
    • Positive speaking
  • Practice problem-solving with some of your center conflicts

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Creating Optimal Environments for Children

What Does Your Environment Say to Children?

  • Analyze Environments
    • Physical: space and equipment
    • Interpersonal: child and adult relationships
    • Temporal: schedule and timing
  • Work on enhancing your environment

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Dealing with Anger

That Makes Me So Mad! Exploring Child Anger

  • Examine children's anger
  • Investigate what works and what doesn't
  • Learn effective coping strategies


You're Driving Me Crazy! Exploring Teacher Anger

  • Analyze adult anger toward children
  • Explore triggers and responses
  • Investigate productive management techniques


Ouch! He/She Bit Me!

  • Explore the biting syndrome
  • Analyze motive and responses
  • Discover succesful coping strategies

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Positive Discipline Strategies

Build Self-Esteem and Improve Behavior

  • Uncover the being and doing aspects of self-esteem
  • Learn to effectively analyze the behavior problem
  • Go away with techniques to maintain discipline and foster self-esteem

Discipline without Disgrace

  • Discuss definitions and differences of shame, punishment and discipline
  • Examine positive discipline options
  • Explore how to choose appropriate discipline for a child's specific behavior


Problem-Solving with the Aggressive Child

  • Examine child's conflict coping styles
  • Empower child to define and verbalize feelings and desires
  • Learn to guide child in problem-solving some options to get desires met


Behavior Problems: What Do You Do? What Do You Say?

  • Analyze child's behavior
  • Explore positive discipline options
  • Discover effective communication


Throw Out Time Out

  • Examine the pros and cons of behavior modification
  • Explore positive discipline options
  • Apply the Problem-Solving Formula to your issues

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Guiding Children in Problem-Solving

I Want It My Way! - Facilitating Social Problem-Solving Between Children

  • Examine children's conflict coping styles
  • Empower children to define and verbalize feelings and desires
  • Learn three levels of facilitating child-child negotiations
    • with children who have moderate social skills
    • with twos and children who are behaviorally young
    • with the aggressive child

Negotiating with Kids

  • Move from power struggles to win-win solutions
  • Do a reality check on conflict attitudes
  • Match positive options to situations
  • Analyze problem ownership


The Class Meeting (recommended for class with children 4 years and older)

  • Learn how to run a good class meeting
  • Help children identify class problem
  • Guide children to discuss how they feel, what they want, what they can do
  • Begin to use class meetings to problem-solve troublesome class issues


Problem-Solve Your Behavior Dilemma

  • Bring your classroom problems
  • Learn how to effectively analyze the behavior problem
  • Explore positive options
  • Discover how to decide on the best options
  • As time allows, groups will work on a few problems from the group


Problem-Solving with the Aggressive Child

  • Examine child's conflict coping styles
  • Empower child to define and verbalize feelings and desires
  • Learn to guide child in problem-solving some options to get desires met


Ten Tips for Problem-Solving Win-Win Solutions

  • Bring some problems from your classroom
  • Go away with tips to exchange tiresome begging for productive negotiating

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STAFF TRAINING
Working with Adults

Conflict Resolution for Staff Conflicts

Why Can't These Adults Just Get Along?

  • Analyze an adult issue in your program
  • Practice safe, effective communication techniques
  • Brainstorm options for win-win solutions
  • Develop a plan of action

Care for the Caregiver

Help! I'm Stressed

  • Discuss responses: emotional - physical - behavioral
  • Examine your internal & external triggers
  • Discover Thought and Action Strategies

Conferences

How to Do Crackerjack Conferences

  • Analyze what parents/staff want from conferences
  • Look at three types of conferences
    • Informal
    • Telephone
    • Formal
  • Includes sample forms
    • Intake conferences
    • Developmental progress conference
    • Behavioral issue conference

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Diversity Training

Diversity Curriculum in the Classroom

  • Awareness of feelings and attitudes
  • Assessment of present classroom environment
  • Action for acceptance of difference



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Staff Relations

Team Building: Allow 2 hours. Another 2 hours may scheduled at a later time if desired.

  • Explore What Makes a Good Team:
    • What do you need?
    • What can you give?
  • Build Communication Skills:
    • Investigate nonverbal messages
    • Learn and practice listening skills
    • Learn and practice positive speaking skills

Why Can't These Adults Just Get Along?

  • Analyze an adult issue in your program
  • Practice safe, effective communication techniques
  • Brainstorm options for win-win solutions
  • Develop a plan of action

A Celebration of You: An ECE Professional

  • Celebrates the value of a developmental, play curriculum in childhood programs
    • Consider benfits for cognitive/intellectual development
    • Consider influence for social development
    • Consider influence for emotional development
    • Consider influence for gross motor development
    • Consider influence for small motor development
    • Consider influence for creativity and life enrichment

Team Coaching

  • Classroom observation and report
  • Staff meeting with observer
    • Analyze what is working and what is not
    • Develop new techniques for a smoother program

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Dealing with Parents

Smooth Moves with Parents

  • Techniques for successful communications with parents
  • Understanding differences in styles and background
  • Problem-solve how to team and work with parents

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