Lindsey Tyrrell

Clarkston, MI

Since the classroom environment plays a central role in encouraging positive behavior and creating a predictable, orderly learning environment, the training one will need to enhance such settings is to become skilled at developing positive relationships with children and families as well as themselves.  By taking an instructional approach to behavior, teachers will give children the opportunity to grow emotionally and practice how to be active learners by using the Anchors of Emotional Intelligence. The defining specifics of this instruction will be done by using the RULER approach: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions.  

By using this approach, the teacher will use appropriate behavior methods and respond to challenging behaviors while utilizing RULER and its components.  Through this teaching, they will provide children with a certain positive reaction that helps them learn what appropriate behavior looks like and how to self monitor their emotions and reactions to those feelings. These skills will meet all expectation in every common setting or parts of the day and directly teach children how to put those expectations into practice. The importance is emphasized that his/her teacher will modify a challenging behavior using the RULER Anchor tools; such as the MOOD METER, for plotting their feelings, or the Blueprint, for reflection and resolving conflict.

Finally, early childhood educators will take this information and make adjustments that support positive behavior more effectively.   They will share this information with families and professionals on multiple levels by revisiting an expectation, providing more practice, or simply making changes to a routine that is not effective. They will also use this data to determine a child’s engagement during guided and chosen activities, time spent in transitions, or those who need additional support.  Overall, the use of RULER will become a normal part of everyday.