Consequences - Linking Behaviors to Outcomes

This strategy is all about effective and respectful ways to help children see the connection between their behaviors and outcomes.

In early childhood, children are just beginning to understand that behaviors often have consequences- both positive and negative. As adults, we can help children see the connections between their actions and outcomes, so they can choose actions that lead to their preferred outcomes.

Critical Skills Highlighted

Link Actions and Outcomes

Effective consequences help children see connections between actions and outcomes, so they can choose actions that lead to positive outcomes.

Keep Children Included

Effective consequences help children stay safe in the classroom, feel connected to others, and engaged in learning. 

Reflect and Adapt

Continuously reflect on how you’ve implemented negative consequences and adapt your practices to support positive behaviors without relying on them.

VIDEO 1

The Strategy of Consequences

In this lesson, we describe the strategy of consequences. We explore two types of consequences: consequences that happen naturally and consequences that we as adults can present. For both types, we’ll cover key steps you can use to implement the strategy of consequences.

VIDEO 2

Considerations for Implementing Consequences

In this lesson, we introduce key considerations to effectively implement the strategy of consequences. We explore the importance of inclusion and equity. We also consider how the consequences we present should be logical, reasonable, and timely.

IMPLEMENTING THIS STRATEGY

Consequences - Linking Behaviors to Outcomes Resources

Guide to Consequences - Linking Behaviors to Outcomes

Learn more about this strategy and its importance, and learn tips for trying it in your classroom.

Family Guide to Consequences - Linking Behaviors to Outcomes

Share this guide with families to communicate the strategies you're using at school. Take time to make connections between how children are supported at home and in the classroom.