Create Responsive Environments Where Young Children Thrive
by Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed.; foreword by Sandra Duncan, Ed.D.
How do gardeners respond to a plant that doesn’t bloom? Do they leave it to wilt? Do they uproot it? No, they adjust the plant’s environment—its soil, water, fertilizer, light, and supports—to help ensure that it thrives.
With similar attention, children with challenging behaviors can also thrive. Like gardeners, educators of young children need to look beyond challenging behaviors to what a child’s actions are communicating about the learning and living environment. Maybe…