Give and take of Negotiation

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Give and take of Negotiation-AdvocateforInfants.wordpress.com sharing knowledge about working with infants and toddlers

Right before the winter break all of the teachers who work with one year olds in our school, along with our wonderful supervisor, got to meet with Polly (a RIE associate and a really great person!). If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, DON’T pass it up.

Polly said many great things in our meeting but one thing she said really stuck with me. She said that toddlers are great negotiators. So true! Somehow they can make almost anything sound like a good idea. At lunch in our classroom it is common to see at least one teacher feeding a child. We know that all of the children in our class are more than capable of feeding themselves but somehow we end up helping them. A child will say “can you help me” or “I need help” and then we might respond “you know how to…

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