Children go through
inside and out,
in the first few years
Denise H. Daniels
possess. Kindergartners are thrust into new roles and responsibilities, often in unfamiliar settings with unfamiliar people.
Do you recall your first years as a teacher? For some, these memories are vivid and filled with pain and triumph. For others, they are fuzzy and best left alone.
Although some children are better prepared than others, all
need extensive support. Consider the following case study.
Entering the teaching profession is challenging Matt was an active, bright child who attended a high-quality
for everyone—but the first years are tougher for some than
child care and preschool program for several years before
for others. Those who have had high-quality preparation, are
entering kindergarten. According to his preschool teachers, he
familiar with the culture of the school and students, and enjoy was well-known for his curiosity and intelligent questions.
supportive friends and family typically find the transition less
Matt was also known for his occasional aggressive out-
difficult. Even so, all new teachers need ongoing, multifaceted bursts. After he was moved to the class of a teacher with
support to adjust to their new role.
whom he had a positive relationship, his behavior improved.
Children in the early years of school face similar challenges, Teachers continued to be concerned, though, about his
but without the sophisticated coping skills that most adults
occasional aggression, high activity level, and lack of stable