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Hard Joys: Managing Behavior with a Creative Mind and a Playful Spirit

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit introduces six teaching tools for reshaping trying behaviors in young children. It will help teachers individualize their teaching responses to each child. 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 "Hard Joys: Managing Behavior with a Creative Mind and a Playful Spirit" by Lilli-ann Buffin
  • 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 intermediate and advanced teachers working with children from birth to age 8. Teachers will learn to investigate behavior as a signal of underlying developmental issues.

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

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time ranges from 1-3 hours. Implementation time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will understand that most children experience behavioral difficulties at some time.
  2. Teachers will identify the variability and uniqueness of each child's experience with behavioral difficulties.
  3. Teachers will apply six tools for reshaping difficult behaviors.
  4. Teachers will investigate behaviors as signals of underlying developmental issues.
  5. Teachers will recognize children's different energy zones and how they apply to behavioral difficulties.
  6. Teachers will select solutions for difficulties caused by different energy zones from an array of solutions.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • A-6a; A-6b of the Accreditation Criteria and Procedures of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 1998).
  • 1 and 4b of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level, (NAEYC, 2003).
  • Standard 1304.52(h)(1)(iv) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register: Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215).

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