- Describe features of the environment (e.g., toys and equipment, how space is arranged) where the action takes place. What do you observe in the teacher’s interactions with each child? For example, describe the actions of the child who is trying to put his shoe on. What does she do to support this boy at first and later on? How does she interact with the other children? What does she do and say to build a relationship with each child?
- Which teaching practices does the adult use to build and maintain individual relationships? Check the “Know” and “Do” sections for ideas.
- How does the environment support the children’s relationships with this teacher and others and vice versa?
- What do you think the boy with the shoe learned about himself through the teacher’s practices? What did he learn about his teacher and her relationship with him?
- Why might the teacher offer to help multiple times before stepping in to help the child put his shoe on?
- What else might the teacher do to support her relationships with the children once she has finished helping the boy with his shoe?