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Supporting Positive Behaviors in the Classroom: Fostering Young Children's Social Competencies

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Katelyn Hall

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Jolyn Blank

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Social competence refers to a complex interplay of thoughts, feelings, and skills used to build and maintain positive relationships, cope with frustration or other strong emotions, solve problems, and manage conflict. Young children may lack appropriate social skills due to a lack of opportunities to practice them with guidance. Research suggests that when teachers of young children are faced with challenging behaviors in their classrooms, it is important that they help children replace challenging behaviors with appropriate skills. In this study, I explored the question "How can I support positive behavior in my first-grade classroom?" Data sources included anecdotal records developed from classroom observations, audio-recordings of classroom conversations, and student artifacts such as behavior incentive plans. I describe the use of specific strategies to foster children's social competencies. Findings will provide insight into the range of strategies teachers can use to effectively promote positive behaviors in the classroom. Fostering social competencies is critical to children's school success.

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Supporting Positive Behaviors in the Classroom: Fostering Young Children's Social Competencies

Social competence refers to a complex interplay of thoughts, feelings, and skills used to build and maintain positive relationships, cope with frustration or other strong emotions, solve problems, and manage conflict. Young children may lack appropriate social skills due to a lack of opportunities to practice them with guidance. Research suggests that when teachers of young children are faced with challenging behaviors in their classrooms, it is important that they help children replace challenging behaviors with appropriate skills. In this study, I explored the question "How can I support positive behavior in my first-grade classroom?" Data sources included anecdotal records developed from classroom observations, audio-recordings of classroom conversations, and student artifacts such as behavior incentive plans. I describe the use of specific strategies to foster children's social competencies. Findings will provide insight into the range of strategies teachers can use to effectively promote positive behaviors in the classroom. Fostering social competencies is critical to children's school success.