For every teacher, it is necessary to use special guidance techniques that help children develop socially positive behaviors. In the video, the educator, Lina Rudolph, resorts to numerous methods, indicating that they are used from kindergarten to ensure children develop positively. The most important strategy is to elaborate a valid classroom curriculum as it establishes certain standards and rules for in-class activities. For example, she revises safety rules with her students at the lesson’s beginning to ensure each individual realizes their responsibility. The other effective method mentioned in the video is giving effective praise, which presumes encouraging little achievements of a child. In the video, the educator praises kids for putting the correct number of objects in the bowl after rolling the dice.
In my practice, I observed a technique of asking open-ended questions because they help identify what a child wants or thinks about. This technique is useful in cases when there are communicative issues rooted in the family. The other strategy to utilize is to set boundaries, meaning that kids need to realize how to treat themselves and others (Citro et al., 2019). I observed a situation where a child was taught to sustain bodily boundaries – not to touch others without their consent.
Nonetheless, there are problematic situations that my cooperating teacher has to resolve. The primary strategy is turning a problem into a lesson – it helps children realize the effect. Moreover, my cooperating teacher intervened when a child accidentally hit his classmate. They talked about the importance of understanding personal space and the power of apologies. It was effective as the child learned the lesson and stopped behaving this way. As a result, the role of an educator remains underrated, even though these individual attempts to create a healthy social environment. The video made me realize that a teacher brings much awareness to the process of children’s development since they establish an understanding of proper social behavior.
Citro, T. A., Young, N. D., Jean, E., Citro, T. A., Young, N. D., Jean, E. (2019). Empathic teaching: Promoting social justice in the contemporary classroom. Vernon Press.