Children face numerous external and internal stressors. And these stressors can have a significant impact on their learning and development. The role of early educational teams is to “recognize, reduce” stressors that are having a negative impact.
This ECE Solutionary Members only resource includes:
- Full access to a working document on common EC stressors teams should aim to reduce.
- A video excerpt by Dr. Pretti-Frontczak on how reframing how we respond to “challenging behaviors”
- Link to a Pre-K Teach & Play Podcast
- Printable zigzag image discussed in the podcast episode
List of EC Stressors
What: A working document where common early childhood stressors, including those educational teams have influence over are listed.
Why: This work is evolving, so using a Google Drive document allows for up to the moment changes and corrections to provide the best solution possible for members. The list can be used to guide teams to recognize and then aim to reduce various stressors through building strong relationships and intentional classroom design and instruction.
How: Click here to view the Google Document.
Video excerpt of Dr. Pretti-Frontczak on reframing thoughts around “challenging behaviors”
What: A five minute excerpt from a conference session where the role stressors play on early development and learning were discussed.
Why: To learn more about how to reframe our thinking about challenging behaviors and to recognize and reduce the stressors children are exposed to.
How: Click here to access the video.
Podcast on learning progressions
What: Pre-K Teach and Play podcast where several developmental progressions are explored.
Why: One way we can reduce stressors is to teaching within a child’s zone of proximal development (aka the sweet spot). Figuring out where a child is struggling or where development has stalled, is one way to identify places where we can remove stress.
How: Click here to listen to the podcast and/or download the transcript.
What: Image of the seven progressions, which is often referred to as the zigzag image.
Why: Printing the image allows educational teams to have a handout for walking through and identifying a child’s stressors and where they might help reduce and restore.
How: Click here to download an printable image of the zigzag learning progressions.