Causes of Behavioral Issues
As you review the list below reflect on possible changes to the classroom environment, schedule, and teacher behaviors that may prevent behavior issues from occurring.
The following is a list of factors that may cause behavioral issues in an early childhood program.
- Teacher has unrealistically high expectations for the age and/or developmental level of the children.
- Classroom has too little space or too much open space.
- The amount of learning materials and/or equipment is not adequate for the number of children in the classroom.
- Classroom learning materials and equipment are too challenging or too simple for the age/developmental level of the children.
- Children are required to spend too much time waiting. That includes time between activities, the teacher gathering supplies, sitting at the table waiting for lunch to be served, waiting for everyone to wash their hands or use the bathroom, or standing in line waiting to go outdoors.
- Extremely structured and inflexible routines, classroom spaces, daily schedules and people.
- There is little organization in the classroom.
- The daily schedule, routines, staffing, expectations and activities are inconsistent.
- The classroom environment is loud, distracting or over-stimulating.
- Learning activities require too much looking or listening and lack concrete/hands-on involvement with learning materials or equipment.
(Adapted from Factors that Create Discipline Problems: Developed by Brenda Jones-Hardin. © WestEd, The Program for Infant/Toddler Care)
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