Interpreting and Responding to Classroom Behaviors

A Guide for Early Childhood Educators

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About the Book

“I spend all my time with this kid!” is a typical teacher complaint when challenged by young children, who disrupt the classroom with rebellious, impulsive, worrisome, and/or odd behaviors. It is vital that teachers gain the skills to holistically decipher and respond to these complex classroom situations. By addressing the underlying meanings that motivate children’s behaviors, teachers increase the opportunity for change within the classroom setting Focusing on communication, this book discusses practical ways to apply child developmental theories to help address common classroom situations, problems, and worries. It identifies new frameworks and rationales, such as the troubling child, the testing child, the worrying child, and the hiding child; describes the unique aspects of these children’s communication; and offers an easy-to-use language for successful teacher intervention. It also provides an adaptable, week-by-week planning and intervention structure as a way of creating some balance between practicality and theory.

About the Author(s)

Michael O. Weiner is a licensed clinical social worker and a Portland, Oregon-based child and adolescent psychotherapist. He has a private practice working with children, adolescents, and parents (specializing in addressing childhood trauma, developmental difficulties, depression, and anxiety), teaches social work practice with children and adolescents at the graduate school level, and provides child development consultation to early childhood educators.

Les Paul Gallo-Silver is a clinical social worker and an adjunct professor of social work at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City, New York. He has extensive experience providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults specializing in helping them with sexual, medical and environmental traumas.

Tal D. Lucas is a second-grade teacher in Montgomery Country, Maryland. She has taught in the primary grades for twenty-three years specializing in reading and literacy. She has spent much of her career as a team leader and has worked as a mentor teacher.

Bibliographic Details

Michael O. Weiner, Les Paul Gallo-Silver and Tal D. Lucas
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 25 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7375-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4273-4
Imprint: McFarland