Hi Deborah.I encourage you to check out Let's Talk Toddlers: A Practical Guide to High-Quality Teaching (Redleaf Press). This book explains the need for a balance of meaningful and appropriately challenging learning experiences that really match the developmental needs of toddlers. It also present specific behavior guidance strategies designed for this unique age group.Most toddler classrooms do not provide a sufficient level of language and cognitive challenge and lack materials and spaces that can engage children for increasingly longer periods of time. Without that challenge, children struggle with each other and struggle to manage the spaces.Behavior success depends on lots of physical activity and movement, appropriate learning challenge, and positive supervision where teachers really engage children in meaningful conversations. This is a foundation that is critical to bring out the best in toddlers. Once that foundation is in place, behavior guidance focuses on preparing children and supporting their skills through modeling and positive redirection. Sometimes, teachers expect toddlers to be able to do independently what they actually need ongoing support to accomplish.I also recommend 101 Principles for Positive Guidance: Creating Responsive Teachers (Pearson). This book gives specific examples of how to reorient "mis" behaviors by age. There are tips and strategies to respond to and minimize challenging behaviors.More and more, I am focusing on the interconnections between behavior, the design of spaces, learning challenges that strengthen emerging skills, responsive, warm relationships, and consistency of routines. These all work together to keep toddlers meaningfully engaged. Positive family communication also can help teachers better understand each child's needs - and ensure positive outcomes.
Toddler behavior - it can be a real challenge! I think these resources will encourage teachers and provide really practical ways to make needed changes.