The Goals of Good Guidance: Understanding and Responding to Challenging Behaviors
Dan Gartrell responded to a selection of questions and comments during an online event from July 25–29, 2011. Read the questions and his answers below!
My area of expertise is using guidance—the commitment a teacher makes to teaching children how to solve their problems rather than punishing them for having problems they haven’t learned how to solve. Developmentally appropriate practice means that within the context of an encouraging community, each individual child is empowered to engage wholeheartedly with all the problems of learning. For this reason, developmentally appropriate practice is at the heart of guidance.
Only in developmentally appropriate practice are chances maximized for healthy development in all the human intelligences. And we must not underestimate the importance of two intelligences in particular: social and emotional—the capacity to feel special “just for who we are” and to treat others kindly because we can accept that they are special, too.
I look forward to our online conversation. Remember, there are no magic answers, just information that you can perhaps use in your professional development. We'll focus on topics related to guidance, building relationships with children and families, helping children manage their emotions, responding to children’s challenging behaviors, and understanding the reasons behind those behaviors.
— Dan Gartrell