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Everyday Decisions: Empowering Children’s Decision Making

Recorded: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
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About this Session

As teachers, we are always making decisions for the children in our class. From the learning experiences we plan to the songs we play, to the books we read, we make many decisions each day. But how often do we allow the children in our class to make decisions for themselves or for a group?

A core component of creating an emotionally safe classroom environment is giving children a sense of belonging and acceptance. Meaningful participation in a group, along with involvement in decision-making, gives children an opportunity to contribute and feel valued, thus evoking a sense of belonging. In this hour-long webinar, early childhood teachers and leaders will discover ways to increase children’s sense of belonging by providing developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to make decisions within the classroom community.

Educators attending this session will learn

  • how involvement in decision-making and opportunities for participation and meaningful involvement support children’s resiliency,
  • potential opportunities to support children’s decision-making in the classroom, and
  • strategies for supporting all children’s sense of belonging in the classroom.

Throughout this series, participants will learn about Protective Factors and make plans for actions can they take within their own classrooms and programs. You can download our fillable PDF for note-taking here: https://tchst.gs/SELWebinarNotes

Learn more about the series below.

Presenters
Lauren M. Shea, Ph.D.
Lauren M. Shea, Ph.D.
Al’s Pals Specialist
Teaching Strategies
Donna Fowler
Donna Fowler
Content and Implementation Partnerships Manager
Teaching Strategies
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Throughout this series, participants will learn about Protective Factors and make plans for actions can they take within their own classrooms and programs. You can download our fillable PDF for note-taking here: https://tchst.gs/SELWebinarNotes

 

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