Explorations Early Learning

Promoting play, defending childhood, and empowering caregivers.

Explorations Early Learning

Rethinking Behavior Management

Rethinking Behavior Management


Caregivers often see behavior management as separate from curriculum. For example, some teachers feel that dealing with children’s behaviors distracts from their teaching. This training looks at integrating behavior management into the curriculum to improve social and emotional learning.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendee will:

  • Appreciate the value of altering their play environments to best meet children’s needs
  • Understand how developing respectful classroom climates can reduce challenging behaviors
  • Learn simple ways to help children express their intense emotions

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Child Growth And Development / Child Development
  • Illinois | Interactions, Relationships, And Environments
  • Michigan | Interactions And Guidance
  • Missouri |  Understand And Demonstrate Positive, Caring, Supportive Relationships And Interactions
  • Nebraska | Relationships And Social-Emotional Guidance
  • Oklahoma | Interactions With Children
  • South Dakota | Guidance And Behavior Management
  • Wisconsin | Guidance And Nurturing
  • CDA | Positive Ways To Support Children’s Social And Emotional Development

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


This is the breakdown for the 60-minute version of the session:

Introduction05 minutesMonologue
Adapting Play Environments15 minutesDiscussion
Building Respectful Environments15 minutesDiscussion
Expressing Intense Emotions20 minutesDiscussion
Conclusion05 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

This session is based in part on content from these sources (affiliate links):

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adults

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents