At Green Sprout Preschool, our teachers create positive interactive experiences, use positive guidance strategies, use natural and logical consequences, set appropriate limits, and use a variety of teaching roles.
It is the responsibility of our teachers to create interactive relationships and experiences with children that give them many messages about love, acceptance, control, value, and competence.
The teaching techniques that we believe foster self-control and internalization of the classroom expectations include: stating directions in a positive way, showing empathy, and encouraging reactions between children.
The goal of positive guidance is to treat children with respect and dignity while teaching children how to moderate their own self-control. When necessary, applying natural and logical consequences is an additional tool used to help children gain a sense of self-control. Consequences help children accept responsibility for their behavior and lead them to choose the appropriate behaviors.
Consistency is a crucial component in the concept of logical consequences and setting limits for students. Rules and consequences must not be arbitrary, they must be clearly stated and enforced, and they must be updated when necessary.
The roles of the Green Sprout teachers include supporter, guide, and limit setter. Our teachers support our children in their exploration of the environment, experiencing safe risk-taking behavior, and encourage social interaction between children.
To best support our children’s emerging self-regulatory skills, our teachers act as guides to identify alternatives to strategies that are not working, and to clearly support proper forms of problem solving strategies to resolve conflicts. As a limit setter, our teachers set limits on behaviors by making rules and enforcing them with consistency and meaning.