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Emotional Functioning: See

Infants and Toddlers

Observation

  • Describe features of the environment (e.g., toys and equipment, how space is arranged) where the action takes place. What do you observe in each teacher’s interactions with each child? What does the teacher do and say to support the child whose diaper needs changing? What does the other teacher do and say to help the children continue their play? How does each child respond?

Application

  • Which teaching practices do the adults use to support children’s expression of emotions? Check the “Know” and “Do” sections for ideas. How are these practices similar and how are they different? Why might these teachers use different practices with each child? What are the goals of their interactions?
  • How does the environment support the infants in learning about themselves?

Reflection

  • What do you think each infant gained from their different experiences? What might each child have learned about herself and about her teacher?
  • Why might the first teacher have given the infant advance notice that it is time for a diaper change? How is this related to emotional functioning?
  • Why might the second teacher initiate a game with the infant? How might she know that the child was enjoying the game and how might she build on this enjoyment in the future?

Preschoolers

Observation

  • Describe features of the environment (e.g., materials, how space is arranged) where the activity takes place. What do you observe the teacher doing and saying? How do the children respond to her questions and comments?

Application

  • Which teaching practices does the teacher use to support children’s expression of a broad range of emotions? Check the “Know” and “Do” sections for ideas. What are the goals of the teacher’s interactions with individuals and with the group?
  • How does this large group activity support the children in learning about their own emotions and those of others?

Reflection

  • What do you think individual children gained from this activity? What might each child have learned about emotions and how to express and manage them appropriately?
  • What else might this teacher do throughout the day to help children identify, name, and express their emotions and recognize those expressed by their peers?

Topic:School Readiness

Resource Type: Article

Last Updated: June 5, 2018