Teaching Preschools Conflict Management Skills

1073 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
As seen in past chapters with other terms, the author advocates that educators replace the notion of discipline with guidance. Historically, European-American classrooms have incorrectly equated the term discipline with punishment. In order to teach social-emotional skills to children, educators need to distance themselves from punishment that are disguised as disciplinary practices. A more appropriate approach to use with children is called guidance, and an important strategy in this approach is conflict management. Educators should aim to practice guidance by helping children solve their problems rather than punishing students for problems they are unable to tackle. Moreover, teachers need to be consistent when teaching preschools conflict management skills by using coaching and encouraging children to take the initiative. However, guidance, like other approaches, has been misinterpreted by some and thus, educators must be informed about the application of guidance.
Guidance involves education that is developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive to reduce the frequency of problems in the classroom. Educators who practice guidance believe in the positive potential of children and do not believe in the purpose behind conventional classroom discipline. Through guidance, educators teach students life skills and address mistaken behavior with a firm but friendly and instructive solution. Through the process of guidance, children gain knowledge from their past…
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