I’m angry! I’m sad.

Three year old Jude is crying as someone has hurt him. The practitioner helps to get him to sort it out with the other boys encouraging them to talk about how they feel and to think about each other’s feelings.

Good for looking at

  • Social development
  • Emotional development
  • Supporting conflict resolution
  • Communication
  • Dealing with strong emotions
  • Emotion coaching

 

Three year old Jude is crying as someone has hurt him. The practitioner helps to get him to sort it out with the other boys.

Notice

  • How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what way is the adult supporting the children’s learning?
  • How does the environment support the children’s learning
  • What is valuable about the materials they have available?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • How and what the children are learning?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support the children?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Encourage children to come up with their own strategies for solving conflicts? Do you allow enough time for them to come up with their own ideas?
  • Encourage calk to children about difficult things and the solutions they came up with?
  • Model conflict resolution strategies for young children and show how useful they are? Maybe this could be done during a play situation? Or with a story? With puppets?

What next:

  • Do you offer unbiased support for children when a conflict has occurred? Do you know when to offer support and when to stand back?