Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior

Dr. Kathleen Artman Meeker, University of Washington
Dr. Kiersten Kinder, Susan Gray School of Peabody College

For many teachers, transitions are the hardest parts of the day. Researchers estimate that young children spend up to 30 percent of their day transitioning. This can include arrival, departure, preparing for meals, and moving between areas or activities. Children's challenging behavior may be related to how staff members plan, schedule, and implement transitions. Predictable, structured routines are critical for helping children feel secure. Find out how they also can help teachers maximize learning.