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Choosing Courage in a Climate of Fear

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to help teachers support children’s exploration of their fears through classroom activities and experiences. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article “Choosing Courage in a Climate of Fear” by Jeffrey Perkins
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audience for this kit is beginning, intermediate, and advanced teachers of toddlers, preschoolers, and school-agers. This kit will introduce teachers to ways to respect children’s fears and explore ways to help children manage them.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is 1.0 hour. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will identify children’s fears and ways to respect them.
  2. Teachers will describe ways to respond to children’s fears with curiosity.
  3. Teachers will identify ways to investigate children’s fears through curriculum activities.
  4. Teachers will examine their own fears and how those fears might affect the children with whom they work.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • A-2, A-5, B-7a, B-7c, and C-1a of the Accreditation Criteria and Procedures of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 1998).
  • 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, and 4d of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (NAEYC, 2003).
  • 1304.21(1)(3)(i)(1-B), 1304.21(a)(4)(i), 1304.40(e)(2), and 1304.40(e)(3) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215).

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