Does Time-out Really Work?
I’m pleased to be presenting a F*REE webinar for Early Childhood Investigations, which is sponsored by the Robert-Leslie Publishing Company. This company has convened a number of experts to speak to some of the most pressing issues in the early childhood field, and I am honored to be among them. My presentation, “Time-Out for Exclusionary Tactics in Early Childhood Education Settings” will air on April 6, 2010 from 2pm- 3:30 pm EST. You can register here.
I’ve Had It!
“That’s it! You’re in time-out!” Objectionable behaviors, failure to comply with adult requests/directives, irascible attitudes, outright defiance. All of these things can ruffle the feathers of even the most composed adults. Enter the time-out.
Cool Your Jets!
When time-out was originally developed, it was designed in the spirit of helping children regain their composure, cool-off and think about how to better handle the situation in the future. It is surely a big improvement on corporal punishment to help kids improve their behavior. On the face of it, a GREAT idea. It’s been used in homes across the land, including my own. However, we might be able to do this even better!
Is There a Better Way?
But, do time-outs always accomplish what we think they accomplish? Are there other interventions that might help pull kids towards success in a quicker manner? Could there be some recent findings that support a different approach when it comes to early childhood?
There’s lots to be said on this topic, and lots to debate, to be sure. Yet, there are some interesting thoughts on how we can evolve as caretakers of young children and how we can be co-creators in "behavior by design"! It's nothing short of exciting!
Consider the Alternatives
Come find out some new and different ways of thinking about this topic, and explore how you might apply them with the young children with whom you interact. This webinar is designed with administrators in the early childhood field, but I promise that teachers, daycare providers and parents will be able to get just as much from it!
The webinar will take place from 2-3:30 pm EST. You can register here. Even if you can't make that date and time, you can still access the webinar after it airs. Hope to see you there!
Learn More About Early Childhood Investigations
This snippet is taken from the ECI site: Early Childhood Investigations is a free ongoing professional development series that is delivered online and produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC. These engaging webinars are presented by many of the thought-leaders and experts in the field of early care and education. The presentations explore critical topics that offer new ideas and insights to ECE professionals, especially administrators.