@alberta_steuber As a preschool teacher, I find that promoting positive behavior and classroom management starts with establishing clear expectations from the beginning. I work with my students to develop a set of rules that we all agree upon and then I explain each of the rules and how they relate to helping us have a positive and productive learning environment. Throughout the day, I use positive reinforcement by praising individual students and the class as a whole when they follow the expectations.
I also find that it helps to have a consistent daily routine and schedule. When children know what to expect, they feel more secure and are less likely to act out. Additionally, I utilize redirection to help children who may struggle to stay focused or become overly excited. Instead of using negative language, I try to redirect their attention to something positive or engaging within the classroom.
Finally, I always make time to talk with my students, providing opportunities for them to express their feelings and emotions. By listening and being responsive, I can help them work through any challenges they may be facing and develop strategies for behavior management.