Elevating Early Childhood

The Art of Redirecting Preschoolers: What, Why, and How

Jan. 30, 2023

Many early childhood teachers feel like a broken record. They’re always saying “no” and “no hitting” and “use your words,” etc…

If you’ve been teaching preschool for a while, then you know that every day can be like a battlefield (full of cute children, yes, but a battlefield nonetheless). 

Our job consists of putting out a hundred fires at once while teaching children skills they will need in life and making sure they’re in one piece at the end of the day.

This is exactly why we need to learn how to redirect behaviors. Because it’s not always enough to say “no” or “don't do that,” most of the time, you have to present children with another option.

How does that work?

To discuss this, I have over the brilliant Dr. Carolyn Bobb-Green for a third episode of my Behavior Bites series. 

Curious about what she has to say?

Tune in now!


Key Takeaways:

How to redirect behavior in the preschool classroom (00:00)

What is redirection? (02:29)

The power of redirection (07:33)

How to redirect children in the preschool classroom (11:35)

It’s time for some detective work! (15:00)

Where to connect with Carolyn (28:56)


Additional Resources:

- Got a burning question for Vanessa? Get your answer on the Elevating Early Childhood podcast here.

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Dr. Carolyn Bobb-Green’s work here.

- Follow Training U To Succeed on Instagram here.

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