Elevating Early Childhood

How to Reduce Interruptions During Small Group Time

Feb. 6, 2023

It’s no secret that small group time can be challenging, even for the most seasoned early childhood teachers.

Why is that?

Simply because it’s not always easy to manage the other students while working with small groups, which means the possibilities for interruption can be… infinite. 

But what can you do if you're struggling with constant interruptions during small group instruction?

To answer this question, I’ve invited the amazing Dan St. Romain to join me in this week’s episode, which is part of my Behavior Bites series.

Dan is a nationally recognized behavior specialist, and today, he shares his best tips for reducing interruptions so you can get through your small groups. 

Are you ready?

Let’s dive in!


Key Takeaways:

How to troubleshoot small group interruptions (00:00)

Meet Dan! (02:05)

Some strategies for you (05:48)

How to help your students become more independent (12:28)

Quick story time! (20:13)

A recap of everything we discussed (24:03)


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”.

 - Find all of our visual cues here

- Learn more about Dan St. Romain here.

- Get Dan’s book here.


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