Presentation Title

Crating a Supportive Environment

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Master's Degree

Presentation Abstract

A supportive environment includes not only the physical space but the equipment and materials, the daily schedule and planning, as well as the relationships between teachers and children. The environment needs to be carefully planned based on knowledge of typical development of children, as well as the specific developmental needs of the children. Many factors influence children’s learning and behavior. Thus, the environment should be thoughtfully designed to be responsive to children’s needs, and should provide opportunities for learning and growth in all developmental domains. Creating a supportive environment reduces the likelihood of challenging behavior, teaches expectations of the learning environmentand promotes engagement and interactions with peers and adults.

Tier 1 of The Pyramid Model consists of building nurturing and responsive relationships and creating supportive environments. This session focuses on the importance of teachers setting up a rich environment which includes visuals and prompts for children to understand the expectations and rules in each area of the classroom. When children are taught intentionally the expectations across specific settings, this reduces the incidence of challenging behavior.

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Crating a Supportive Environment

A supportive environment includes not only the physical space but the equipment and materials, the daily schedule and planning, as well as the relationships between teachers and children. The environment needs to be carefully planned based on knowledge of typical development of children, as well as the specific developmental needs of the children. Many factors influence children’s learning and behavior. Thus, the environment should be thoughtfully designed to be responsive to children’s needs, and should provide opportunities for learning and growth in all developmental domains. Creating a supportive environment reduces the likelihood of challenging behavior, teaches expectations of the learning environmentand promotes engagement and interactions with peers and adults.

Tier 1 of The Pyramid Model consists of building nurturing and responsive relationships and creating supportive environments. This session focuses on the importance of teachers setting up a rich environment which includes visuals and prompts for children to understand the expectations and rules in each area of the classroom. When children are taught intentionally the expectations across specific settings, this reduces the incidence of challenging behavior.