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As teachers, we know building relationships with students is key. And it’s additionally important to understand that a consequence isn’t “bad” but actually can be a necessary step in building trust and security. Yes! That is right. Keep reading to hear more about the importance of classroom consequences in Pre-K & Kindergarten and the ways they can benefit both teachers AND students!
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The Importance of Classroom Consequences in Pre-K & Kindergarten
When we ensure that consequences relate to our students’ actions and we follow them up with a loving space where they know they are cared for, it makes them feel safe and secure in their environment.
But classroom consequences are sometimes thought of as negative or “bad”. The truth is, kids actually NEED and BENEFIT from secure boundaries. And they will test them often to see where they are. Kids learn these boundaries from our consistency and follow-through.
Consistency and follow-through are a must!
An important piece of consistency and follow-through in the classroom is that we do not back down from a boundary no matter how frustrated or tired we become. Kids test us. Especially when they don’t have the same security at home and they want to see if we will follow through.
I guarantee you, as frustrating as it can be, the reward for when the testing is done and the student respects the boundary you set, will leave you feeling proud!
As you get further into the school year, your students will come to respect the boundaries you set. That means your relationship with them will strengthen and improve. It is a win-win!
So do not be afraid of the word “consequence”. Classroom consequences are an important piece in building relationships with students!
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