An important part of becoming a learner is a child’s ability to regulate themselves in different situations. This might look like an infant who responds to attentive caregiving by calming down, a young toddler who self-soothes or asks a trusted adult for help when they experience strong emotions, or a preschooler who uses coping strategies and describes how they are feeling with some guidance. Children use behavioral and emotional self-regulation skills as they manage their feelings while playing with others and when following classroom rules. Classrooms with clearly defined rules, routines, and expectations promote positive engagement with learning.
During the site visit, Texas Rising Star assessors will evaluate the techniques that teachers use to support children’s regulation.
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Texas Rising Star has eight measures related to supporting children’s regulation. Click the links to learn more about these measures.
In this video exemplar you will see teachers support toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children as needed to communicate effectively as conflict arises with their peers.Age group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age
Connect with Me is a five-part series of courses designed to provide teachers and caregivers of infants and toddlers with the skills and knowledge to support social and emotional development. Participants will learn about social-emotional milestones, theories, and long-term outcomes through video segments, expert interviews, and research-based resources. (10 hours)Age group(s): Infant, Toddler
In this video exemplar toddler, preschool, and school age teachers demonstrates how teachers tolerate minor misbehaviors from children of all ages. The teacher acknowledges the misbehaviors and continues to support children in remaining engaged and/or on task.Age group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This course focuses on preschoolers’ development of self-concept, self-control, social competence, and social awareness. Participants will learn about age-appropriate social-emotional goals for preschool children and learn effective strategies to help children develop social-emotional skills. (4 hours)Age group(s): Preschool
In this video, you will see teachers encouraging self-regulation by implementing and consistently following classroom rules and procedures. You will notice that the children are aware of expectations as proof that these routines occur regularly.Age group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This video shows teachers explaining reasonable consequences for children’s behaviors and enforcing consequences that are specifically related to misbehavior.Age group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This video shows teachers modeling and encouraging children of multiple age groups to understand their feelings. Helping children make connections between their actions and emotional reactions is one of the ways teachers help support children’s regulation.Age group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This video shows teachers providing short explanations that help children of multiple age groups understand why someone is feeling a certain way.Age group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age
In this video, we see teachers recognizing emotions that are escalating or misbehaviors that are about to happen. This video has tips on how to provide logical consequences before the rising tension reaches a boiling point. (Parts of this video have no audio.)Age group(s): Toddler, Preschool, School-age
Children’s physical, social, and emotional development have an impact on their behavior. In this self-study, teachers will explore strategies to support children with differing sensory, developmental, and temperamental needs.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
The Early Learning Matters (ELM) Curriculum is an extensive, research-informed program created to support the optimal learning and development of children from birth to five years of age. ELM offers a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate approach to meaningful learning for all children.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
This page includes strategies for embedding high-quality social-emotional support, which builds children’s self-regulation skills. The page also links to activities within the CIRCLE Activity Collection that can be used to help children practice self-regulation, emotional understanding, self-help skills, and relationships with others.Age group(s): Preschool
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