|You launch a Powerful Interaction when you decide to say or do something that conveys to a child, “I notice you, I’m interested in you, and I want to know you better.” This moment of personal connection builds upon the trust and security that exists between the two of you. Within a trusting and secure relationship, a child is more open to learn from the guidance and instruction you offer.
By using Powerful Interactions you will make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families. … Which, in turn, will make a positive difference in your life as a teacher. If you work in a childcare center or family child care home, in an Early Head Start or Head Start program, or in a preschool or early elementary classroom and you want to have a greater impact on how and what children learn, this book is for you!
You make a difference in the lives of children and families and Powerful Interactions can make that difference even bigger. In Early Childhood settings, children and teachers interact all day long. The benefits to everyone children and teachers will be huge if just some of those “everyday” interactions can become intentional and purposeful Powerful Interactions! Three steps can help:
In Step One, Be Present, you pause to prepare for a Powerful Interaction. To do this, you tune in to how you’re feeling and consider how you might need to adjust to create a “just right fit” with the child.
In Step Two, Connect, you let the child know that you see him, are interested in what he is doing, saying, and thinking, and want to spend time with him. Deepening your relationship in this way helps the child feel safe, confident, and open to learning. Staying connected and observant allows you to make the most appropriate decision about step three.
In Step Three, Extend, you use your strong relationship with the child to stretch his knowledge, skills, thinking, and/or vocabulary and language.
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