Presentation Title

Circle Time Blues

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Master's Degree

Presentation Abstract

All PBIS practices are founded on the assumption and belief that all children can exhibit appropriate behavior. It is our responsibility to identify the context and conditions that help children demonstrate appropriate behavior. Large group is a time to build classroom community. When children lack social emotional skills and a sense of belonging, large group time can be stressful for both teachers and children. The importance of developing positive connections in the classroom is directly related to their success in the classroom. We know from research that children thrive when they are in the midst of responsive, consistent and nurturing teachers that provide positive guidance. This helps children feel like they are a part of the group and helps them understand how to get along with others.

This session will show teachers how they can promote positive behavior during large group or circle time by clearly defining expectations and rules. “Eyes are watching, Ears are listening, Voices are quiet, and Bodies are calm.” Expectations are based on where children are developmentally relevant to their age. Circle time should have a purpose and focus on engaging children in a fun way. This session will show teachers a variety of engaging, fun activities to teach children the routines involved during large group through the use of visuals and verbal prompts.

The strategies of clearly stating expectations and rules are also suitable for parents in the home environment.

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Circle Time Blues

All PBIS practices are founded on the assumption and belief that all children can exhibit appropriate behavior. It is our responsibility to identify the context and conditions that help children demonstrate appropriate behavior. Large group is a time to build classroom community. When children lack social emotional skills and a sense of belonging, large group time can be stressful for both teachers and children. The importance of developing positive connections in the classroom is directly related to their success in the classroom. We know from research that children thrive when they are in the midst of responsive, consistent and nurturing teachers that provide positive guidance. This helps children feel like they are a part of the group and helps them understand how to get along with others.

This session will show teachers how they can promote positive behavior during large group or circle time by clearly defining expectations and rules. “Eyes are watching, Ears are listening, Voices are quiet, and Bodies are calm.” Expectations are based on where children are developmentally relevant to their age. Circle time should have a purpose and focus on engaging children in a fun way. This session will show teachers a variety of engaging, fun activities to teach children the routines involved during large group through the use of visuals and verbal prompts.

The strategies of clearly stating expectations and rules are also suitable for parents in the home environment.