Toddler Behaviors Explained: What Teachers Should Know
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Why do toddlers do what they do? Have you ever asked yourself that?

I know I have! After all, little children sometimes do some astonishing things, and I would love nothing more than to understand why!

And this is exactly why I've invited this week's guest to come to the podcast and talk to us about it.

My good friend (and this week's guest) Devon Kuntzman is a coach, a former orphanage director, and the founder of Transforming Toddlerhood!

She has spent the last 15 years working with families from all over the world, and today, she's here to discuss toddler behavior with me.

Plus, she also offers some tips on what you can do to help toddlers become successful, so really, what's not to love?

Are you ready?

Let's dive in!


Key Takeaways:

Why do toddlers do THAT? (01:26)

Explaining toddler behavior (03:35)

Toddlerhood, the first step towards independence (05:40)

Toddlers' view of the world (08:33)

The gap between our expectations and what toddlers can do (10:58)

Shifting our expectations (13:27)

Following the toddlers' lead? (17:35)

Harnessing toddlers' interests (20:47)

Keeping projects developmentally appropriate for toddlers (23:18)

Experimentation equals learning (28:01)

The difference between attention-seeking behavior and connection-seeking behavior (32:07)


Additional Resources:

- 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”.

- Check out Devon’s website here.

Elevating Early Childhood is an early education podcast dedicated to helping Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten teachers teach better, save time, and live more.

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