Teachers can build a warm and safe environment by attending to children’s needs and responding to children in a way that keeps the conversation going. If the teacher has a style of being warm and responsive, the children will feel safe and comfortable in the classroom. A warm and responsive style supports children’s social, emotional, cognitive, academic, and physical well-being (Bowman, et al., 2001; see also U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012), and contributes to positive effects seen years into the future.
During their visit, Texas Rising Star assessors will evaluate several aspects of warm and responsive behavior.
How would you describe your typical interaction style? Are you generally positive, neutral, or negative when you respond to children?
How confident do you feel:
What support do you need from your Texas Rising Star mentor to help you create a warm and nurturing environment?
Texas Rising Star has six measures related to warmth and responsiveness. Click the links to learn more about these measures.
In this series of exemplar video segments, teachers showcase their ability to adjust their behavior to meet the needs, interest and abilities of infant, toddlers, preschoolers and after school children throughout the day. The teachers show no preference or rejection towards any of the children in their care.Age group(s): Infant, 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 Texas Rising Star exemplar video, teachers of all age groups show how using frequent positive nonverbal behaviors help to increase children’s feelings of acceptance. In the video you will see teachers making eye contact, smiling at children and using reassuring touches to support children’s sense of belonging.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This Texas Rising Star exemplar video highlights teachers of all age groups attending to children’s signals and needs. In the video, you will notice teachers responding to children’s verbal and non-verbal signs that they may need help, have questions, or might be frustrated.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This Texas Rising Star exemplar video showcases teachers of all age groups maintaining calm in the classroom. The teachers use positive voice tones, are patient and demonstrate a relaxed style as conflicts arise and children need support.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
A warm and responsive style supports children’s social, emotional, cognitive, academic, and physical well-being. Preschoolers develop positive social and emotional skills as a result of the close relationships they have with family members and teachers. This lesson highlights the significance of being a responsive preschool teacher.Age group(s): Preschool
In this series of video segments, teachers respond sensitively to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and after-school children throughout the day. Responding to signals promptly as they play, learn, and communicate helps children begin to trust their caregivers will consistently acknowledge their needs in a warm and responsive manner.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This webinar from Head Start/ECLKC will help teachers understand why having healthy relationships early in life is beneficial for children. The webinar gives ideas on how practitioners can engage in responsive caregiving.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler
In the recording, teachers demonstrate how they use frequent, positive nonverbal behaviors like smiling and using reassuring touches to help babies in their care feel accepted. This video is a part of a larger professional development series.Age group(s): Infant
This exemplar video shows clips of teachers of all ages expressing warmth and affection to children in their classrooms. Their interactions are positive and the positivity helps the children feel safe and comfortable in their learning environments.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This exemplar video segment shows an infant teacher expressing warmth and affection toward two babies in her classroom. Her interactions with the babies is positive and helps the children to feel safe and comfortable.Age group(s): Infant
The Roots of Early Leaning is a video from the Department of Early Education and Care. The recording depicts segments with teachers interacting with children in positive ways. The teachers in this video have created warm, safe and nurturing environments which allow the children to feel comfortable as they learn This video is a part of a larger professional development series.Age group(s): Infant, Toddler
View more resources by clicking the link for each measure in the Define section.