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attitudes and actions toward toddlers is the starting point for improving your
role as a toddler teacher and making sure your interactions are positive and
intentional. Always Usually Sometimes Never
2 I realize that toddlers learn best through play, and my role as a teacher
is to support their play.

Always Usually Sometimes Never
3 I understand that the speech development of toddlers varies.

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4 I pay great attention to toddlers who are having difficulty separating
because I understand that their fears are real and often intense.

Always Usually Sometimes Never
5 I help toddlers nap when they are sleepy and do not expect them to
wait until predetermined naptimes.

Always Usually Sometimes Never
6 I am patient and encouraging when toddlers show signs of toilet
readiness. Always Usually Sometimes Never
7 I help toddlers learn by offering them many opportunities to explore
and by responding to their interests and curiosity.

Always Usually Sometimes Never
8 I understand that discipline is not about punishment but about guid-
ing toddlers to make safe choices and act in socially acceptable ways.

Always Usually Sometimes Never
Seven Steps to Understanding Toddlers
Refer back to your completed self-assessment form as you explore the seven
steps to understanding toddlers. Whether you are on your own, reading and
working at your leisure, or training with a group, you’ll gain practical infor-
mation you can use in the classroom and techniques for developing better
interactions and relationships with toddlers and twos. Let’s get started.

understanding toddlers and twos
1 I think toddlers are capable of doing many things.