• Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children's Thinking

    by Janis Strasser and Lisa Mufson Bresson Year Published: 2017

    Questions are powerful tools, especially in the classroom. Asking rich, thoughtful questions can spark young children's natural curiosity and illuminate a whole new world of possibility and insight. But what are "big" questions, and how do they encourage children to think deeply? With this intentional approach--rooted in Bloom's Taxonomy--teachers working with children ages 3 through 6 will discover how to meet children at their individual developmental levels and stretch their thinking. Featuring contributions from respected names in the field, this book - Offers a foundation for using high-level questions in preschool and kindergarten interest areas - Provides tips for getting started and examples of questions at each of the six levels of questioning - Explores the use of high-level questions during daily classroom routines and in a variety of contexts - Recommends picture books that support the use of high-level questions - Includes an extensive resource section for teachers and families With the guidance in this book as a cornerstone in your day-to-day teaching practices, learn how to be more intentional in your teaching, scaffold children's learning, and promote deeper understanding.

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  • Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning

    by Amy Laura Dombro, Judy R. Jablon, Charlotte Stetson Year Published: 2011

    In early childhood settings, children and teachers interact all day long. The benefits to everyone--teachers and children--will be huge if just some of those "everyday" interactions can become intentional and purposeful Powerful Interactions! In extending a child's learning hand-in-hand with nurturing a positive relationship, a Powerful Interaction creates the optimal condition for you to teach and the child to learn. - In step one of a Powerful Interaction, Be Present, you pause to tune in to how you are feeling, and consider how you might need to adjust to create a "just-right" fit with a child. - In step two, Connect, you let that child know that you see him; are interested in what he is doing, saying, and thinking; and want to spend time with him. Deepening your relationship this way helps the child feel safe, confident, and open to learning. Staying connected and observant helps you make good decisions in step three. - In step three, Extend Learning, you make use of your strong connection with the child to stretch his knowledge, skills, thinking, or language and vocabulary just a bit. This reflective guide contains everything you need to understand what Powerful Interactions are, how to make them happen, and why they are so important in increasing children's learning and your effectiveness as a teacher. Whether you work in a child care center or home, Early Head Start or Head Start program, preschool or early primary classroom, you make a difference in the lives of children and families--and Powerful Interactions can make that difference even bigger.

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  • Make Early Learning Standards Come Alive: Connecting Your Practice and Curriculum to State Guideline

    by Gaye Gronlund Year Published: 2014

    Every state has developed some form of early learning standards. Find out how you can apply and use them in ways that are most beneficial to children.

    Updated to reflect the continuing evolution of early learning standards, this book offers help and hints, support and clarification, and clear explanations of how you can make early learning standards come alive in your early childhood classroom or program. You’ll find tools to communicate exactly how you are addressing children’s learning as you plan for cognitive and foundational skill development, as well as suggestions to assess children’s progress. Easy-to-read charts present information about each major content area or area of development and descriptions of what those standards might look like in classrooms. The charts also suggest activities and interactions to support a child as he or she makes the first attempts toward the standard, progresses toward it, and finally accomplishes the standard.

    New to this edition:
    A chapter focusing on Approaches to Learning standards
    The most recent information on early learning standards from across the country
    References to the Common Core State Standards and their relationship to early learning standards


    Gaye Gronlund has consulted for national organizations, state agencies, school districts, and early childhood programs for more than twenty years. She helped two states write their early learning standards. Gronlund is well known for her many books and keynote presentations

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  • Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten

    by Gaye Gronlund Year Published: 2012

    Play is an important vehicle for learning in the early years. With intentional planning frameworks, this resource provides teachers with tools and strategies to organize and develop curriculum around high-level, purposeful play. Practical application techniques help teachers create a cycle of planning and observation as they use a play-based curriculum to help young children thrive in the classroom.

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  • The Intentional Teacher: Choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children's Learning Revised Edition

    by Ann S. Epstein Year Published: 2007

    Young children and teachers both have active roles in the learning process

    How do preschoolers learn and develop? What are the best ways to support learning in the early years? This revised edition of The Intentional Teacher guides teachers to balance both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences that build on children’s interests and focus on what they need to learn to be successful in school and in life.

    This edition offers new chapters on science, social studies, and approaches to learning. Also included is updated, expanded information on social and emotional development, physical development and health, language and literacy, mathematics, and the creative arts. In each chapter are many practical teaching strategies that are illustrated with classroom-based anecdotes.

    The Intentional Teacher encourages readers to

    - Reflect on their principles and practices
    - Broaden their thinking about appropriate early curriculum content and instructional methods
    - Discover specific ideas and teaching strategies for interacting with children in key subject areas

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  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs

    by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp Year Published: 2009

    Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is an approach to teaching grounded in the research on how young children develop and learn and in what is known about effective early education. Its framework is designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development. DAP involves teachers meeting young children where they are, both as individuals and as part of a group; and helping each child meet challenging and achievable learning goals. Developmentally appropriate practice is the foundation for all of NAEYC's work including—publications, training programs, conferences, accreditation of child care programs, and more.

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  • The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High-quality Program

    by Barbara J. Smith and Erin E. Barton Year Published: 2015

    "The purpose of this book is to help preschool administrators achieve the appropriate educational placement of young children with disabilities in inclusive preschool settings. This handbook guides preschool administrators through the development of effective inclusion policies and a plan of action for their successful implementation. The authors cover all aspects of establishing a placement process that complies with IDEA requirements, including introductory information on related research and policy, ways to identify and overcome challenges, professional development, evidence-based practice for successful inclusion, and quality indicators of inclusion. The final chapter shows readers how to pull these concepts together and put them in the context of each child's unique situation and needs to make the best placement decisions. The book includes appendices throughout the book to help administrators implement preschool inclusion"

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  • The First Days of School: How to be and Effective Teacher

    by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong Year Published: 2009

    The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college.

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  • Teach Like a Champion

    by Doug Lemov Year Published: 2010

    Forty-nine techniques that put students on the path to college. This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike. Over 700,000 teachers around the world already know how the techniques in this book turn educators into classroom champions. With ideas for everything from classroom management to inspiring student engagement, you will be able to perfect your teaching practice right away.

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  • Big Ideas of Early Mathematics

    by The Early Math Collaborative Erikson Institute Year Published: 2014

    Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know by The Early Math Collaborative pays attention to both kinds of experiences: those that children can engage in on their own, interacting with materials; and those that are planned and failitated by the teacher. This text provideas a rich set of activities for both teacher and parent.

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  • Tools for Teaching 2nd Edition

    by Fred Jones Year Published: 2007

    Discipline, Instruction, and Motivation are the fundamental skills of being a classroom teacher. Fred Jones provides lessons that he has learned over the years.

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