A major role for a teacher is to see that children have enjoyable social contacts and to help motivate children toward
a desire to be with others. The early childhood school years setting affords children numerous learning opportunities for
The teacher has an important role to play as children learn the give and take of social interaction.
In the role of social organizer, the teacher creates a physical and interpersonal environment that promotes the development
of children’s socialization skills.
SOCIAL COMPETENCE: THE TEACHER’S ROLE:
• Respect individual timetables and feelings.
• Establish authority and
• Express expectations simply and directly.
• Redefine children’s characters in positive
• Encourage impulse control.
• Appeal to children’s good sense.
• Invoke ground rules.
Mix it up: arrange things to get one child next to another.
• Move it: People, toys, you!
Make implied comparisons.
• Issue empty threats.
• Make teacher-child interaction be all
• Motivate children by indirect disapproval.
• Lose your sense of humor.
a rigid curriculum to narrow possibilities for social interaction.