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Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak finds simple solutions to complex problems such as how to conduct authentic assessments in an age of accountability, how to teach with intention during play, and how to support children in the “messy middle” (i.e., when children are struggling). Kristie spent 16 years as faculty at Kent State University, and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide through her company, B2K Solutions℠, Ltd. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions.

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Finding the Teachable Moment in the Middle of a Meltdown

Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

For most of us, our instructional toolbox contains many different strategies and ideas for teaching children how to write their name, count objects, and identify letters of the alphabet. When it comes to dealing with misbehaviors and emotional regulation skills, however, our toolkit can sometimes feel empty. When children are having a meltdown or being non-compliant, we sometimes forget, that these are not just challenging moments, they are also teachable moments. Our session together will focus on strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors using a tiered and preventative approach. We’ll also focus is on how to respond to children to help them develop social-emotional vocabulary and self-regulation skills.

what you get

  • Last up to one hour
  • Allow for up to 200 connections into the Cast (a connection is a login from a unique location)
  • Include the two-way video experience (including interactive HD streaming video and audio) and dedicated support