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A Note to Readers
There are times when young children don’t know that what they’re doing
might be considered “misbehaving.” This is especially true when children
don’t know what is expected of them. (And even when they do, they
sometimes forget!) The old adage “Practice makes perfect” is certainly
true when it comes to mastering positive behaviors. And it all starts with
understanding what the expectations are.
In When You Just Have to Roar! Ms. Mya helps the children understand
what an expectation is and encourages them to come up with a list
of classroom expectations. She uses positive statements instead of
negative ones. For instance, she writes, “When you’re in the classroom,
walk instead of run,” rather than “Don’t run in the classroom.” Ms. Mya
has the children practice each expectation so that all the children will
understand what it means.
Grown-ups shouldn’t expect children simply to develop positive
behavior skills on their own. Time spent teaching, practicing, and
modeling these skills is time well spent. As children learn how to
focus, direct attention, manage emotions, and regulate behavior, they
are learning important life skills. And when grown-ups provide solid
guidance, like setting expectations, children learn even more.