Early learning classrooms are full of energy, noise, and lots of activity. While this can feel fun and exciting, it can also feel overwhelming. We all want children to feel welcome to explore and move in the classroom, but also want to ensure that we maintain a healthy energy level that does not get out of control. To help, this article shares some recommendations for maintaining balance and encouraging a more peaceful classroom environment.
Challenging behaviors might feel all-too-familiar to many early learning professionals. Rutgers University’s Boggs Center on Child Development defines challenging behavior as a “persistent pattern of behavior, or perception of behavior [that] interferes with or risk of interfering with optimal learning [or] engagement in pro-social interactions” and reports that about 1/3 of preschool age children engage in persistent patterns of challenging behavior.