Michelle Mallonee Long
First things first, relinquish control. Stop trying to control everything in the environment, the learning, the movements of the children. Open up your heart and mind to allow room for creativity. For many teachers, this is easier said than done. The fear of chaos as a result prevents them from loosening up the reins and allowing room for freedom. You will still need to have some clear expectations of the children’s behaviors, but keep them simple, 3-4 classroom rules are sufficient, and remember, “Don’t say don’t, say Do.” Phrase those rules as the expectation of the positive behavior you are encouraging.
“There is a significant difference between being irresponsible and letting go of the need to be in control.” – Elizabeth Jones