Why it is important to think proactively regarding behavior management?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The original question had to be edited.  The proactive approaches to early childhood behavior interventions help to clearly change behavior and reorient it into something more positive.  The challenge with reactive approaches is that they are not as well conceived in terms of reorienting a child's behavior.  Such approaches might help the child accomplish their own particular goal that lies at the root cause of their misbehavior.  Proactive approaches are more thorough in their deliberation ahd help to address misbehavior is a more effective manner.  At the same time, proactive discipline is individually geared towards the specific child's behavior. This is more effective than the more generic, "Go to time out corner." 

In early childhood education, it is essential that children at such an early age receive individualized instruction as to where errors in their behavior lie in order to understand what is proper behavior.  Defining appropriate behaviors and targeting inappropriate behaviors in proactive manners at early childhood age can be very effective in remedying poor choices and decision making abilities.


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