Child Development and Learning:
Seek Multiple Perspectives
Uncover and experience the perspectives of children, families, and colleagues.
When your work is informed by multiple perspectives, you have richer experiences, build stronger relationships, and deepen mutual understandings. Listening to others who have different perspectives can nudge you to reconsider your daily practice and worldview, and recognize and challenge your biases. They can also lead to shared inquiry. Finding areas in which you can collaborate with others is a great way to uncover and experience different perspectives. With CompSAT by your side, you may be inspired to seek the perspectives of the children, families, and colleagues in your program and beyond.
Think of a child whose behavior bothers you. Identify what bothers you, specifically. What does this behavior tap in you? Listen to your innermost feelings.
Practice reframing your view of that child by applying a developmental framework. Use the "Transforming Our Perspective" chart below to assist you. Write down your reflections.
Consider how you will seek the family's perspective on the child's behavior. Make some notes to clarify your thinking.
Transforming Our Perspective With a Focus on Child Development
|Has no self control
||Is an energetic explorer and eager learner still learning to self-regulate
|Cannot wait for things
||Is eager to learn from every experience and interaction she has
||Is in the process of learning what it means to be a human being in relationship with others
|Cannot keep her hands off things
||Is figuring out how to control her behavior and look after herself, others, and the world around her
|Has short attention span
||Is learning more, and at a faster rate, than any adult
|Cannot talk well
||Has mastered nonverbal communication skills, and is learning to verbalize
|Has temper tantrums
||Is moving from dependence to independence
Download the "Transforming Our Perspective" chart.