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What If Everybody Understood Child Development

What If Everybody Understood Child Development Author Rae Pica
ISBN-10 9781506305158
Release 2015-04-01
Pages 160
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Understand the connection between how kids grow and how they learn After 35 years as an education consultant, Rae Pica knows the importance of understanding the natural course of child development. In this collection, she keeps kids front and center as she provides thought-provoking commentary and actionable insights on topics such as the Common Core, the self-esteem movement, and standardized testing. Sure to inspire discussion, this pocket-size powerhouse of educational philosophy includes 29 short essays on topics critical to best practice in child development and education Opinions of experts supported by research and anecdotal evidence Real-life stories shared by teachers and parents References to related articles and interviews with experts



Differentiating for the Young Child

Differentiating for the Young Child Author Joan Franklin Smutny
ISBN-10 9781412975551
Release 2009-11-09
Pages 261
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Designed to help teachers meet the diverse needs of young children, this book offers differentiated strategies for promoting intellectual discovery and creative thinking across key disciplines.



Jump Into Literacy

Jump Into Literacy Author Rae Pica
ISBN-10 9780876596654
Release 2015-08-01
Pages 136
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Jump into Literacy combines children's love of active games with over 100 lively literacy activities. Written by a well-known children's movement specialist, these joyful games will engage the whole child in moving and playing as a way to develop the literacy skills needed for reading and writing. Each activity is complete with a literacy objective, a materials list, instructions, and extension activities. Most of the activities include suggestions for related music and children's books. From "The Alphabet in Action" to "Floorwriting" and "Follow That Letter," the activities in Jump into Literacy bring active learning to the classroom!



Universal Design for Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

Universal Design for Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom Author Pamela Brillante
ISBN-10 9781317223894
Release 2017-11-01
Pages 144
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Universal Design for Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom focuses on proactively designing PreK through Grade 3 classroom environments, instruction, and assessments that are flexible enough to ensure that teachers can accommodate the needs of all the students in their classrooms. Typically developing students, gifted students, students who are impacted by poverty, children who speak multiple languages or have a home language that is different than the classroom language, and students with identified or potential developmental or learning disabilities are all covered within this highly practical, easy-to-use guide to UDL in the early years.



The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education

The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education Author Michael Gramling
ISBN-10 9781605543994
Release 2015-06-02
Pages 168
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Examines the disconnect between public policy and classroom practice—and what educators need to change in order to teach children well.



Active Learning Across the Curriculum

Active Learning Across the Curriculum Author Rae Pica
ISBN-10 1974637670
Release 2017-09-06
Pages 274
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Active Learning Across the Curriculum: Teaching the Way They Learn provides hundreds of activities that help teach children 4 to 8 major concepts in the content areas of art, language arts, math, music, science, and social studies, taking advantage of the fact that movement is the young child's preferred method of learning. Detailed lesson plans offer objectives, step-by-step instructions, suggestions for ensuring success, alternate activities, and curriculum connectors, with recommendations for children's literature and music. Active Learning Across the Curriculum is organized according to content areas and major concepts, making it a real time saver for teachers and early childhood professionals who understand the value of active learning and who want to teach to the "whole child."



Beyond Behavior Management

Beyond Behavior Management Author Jenna Bilmes
ISBN-10 9781605541792
Release 2013-01-15
Pages 304
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Why do children do the things they do? What can teachers do to manage it all? While there is not a simple method for understanding and managing all behaviors or all children, teachers can give young children the social and emotional tools needed to grow and thrive on their own. Developed and tested in the classroom, Beyond Behavior Management, is a strength-based approach to guiding and managing young children's behavior by helping them build and use essential life skills—attachment, collaboration, self-regulation, adaptability, contribution, and belonging—into the daily life of the early childhood classroom. As a result, children will learn to exhibit more pro-social behaviors, work better as a community, and become excited and active learners. This edition includes two new chapters and content reflecting early learning standards, new research, cultural diversity, and strategies to strengthen the home-school connection. Discussion and reflection questions, exercises, journal assignments, child profile templates, a planning worksheet, and sample scripts are also included. Jenna Bilmes is an early childhood consultant and an instructional designer for WestEd Child and Family Services. She is a frequent presenter to teachers, administrators, and counselors nationally and internationally.



Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children

Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children Author Dorothy H. Cohen
ISBN-10 0807735752
Release 1997
Pages 253
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This thoroughly revised and updated fourth edition outlines methods for keeping records that provide a realistic picture of a child's interactions and experiences in the classroom. Numerous records of teachers' observations of children from birth to age 8, some retained from previous editions, some newly added to reflect today's early childhood settings, enrich this work and make it concrete, accessible, and fun to read.



Teachable Transitions

Teachable Transitions Author Rae Pica
ISBN-10 9780876597811
Release 2017-08-01
Pages 144
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As children pretend to trudge their way through knee-deep marshmallow fluff, or zoom around like a vacuum cleaner, even cleaning up the classroom becomes an enjoyable experience. Thanks to transitions that are both fun and educational, the minutes between planned activities become moments that children actually look forward to. With Teachable Transitions, each and every preschooler will be engaged and interested all day long! Filled with movement activities, games, fingerplays, chants, and songs, Teachable Transitions offers a variety of ways for your preschoolers to move through their day. Organized by categories such as "Arrival," "Outside," "Snacks & Lunch," and "Cleanup," each transition will hold the children's attention as they go from one activity to the next. The "Ready, Set, Go," format turns ordinary, everyday transitions into stress-free learning moments. Transitions include: Moving Like Animals Freeze, Shake, and Clean Tiptoe to Tiptop Shape Get Ready, Spaghetti What's My Shape? Statues and Rag Dolls Tummy to Tummy ...and many, many more!



Teaching and Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Teaching and Leading with Emotional Intelligence Author Peggy Daly Pizzo
ISBN-10 9780807776759
Release 2018
Pages 177
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In this much-needed text, the author provides dilemma-based teaching cases that teachers and early childhood leaders can analyze and discuss to build problem-solving and decision-making skills. Readers will reflect on challenges they are likely to experience in practice, addressing issues such as linguistically and culturally isolated children, children refusing to share with others, high-energy children struggling to develop self-regulation and executive function, and children experiencing trauma. They will also examine issues related to inadequate resources and teacher compensation. Each case portrays early childhood practitioners as they transform challenging scenarios into opportunities for the growth of social and emotional skills. This one-of-a-kind resource can be used for professional development, for courses that address the emotional and social development of young children, and with students beginning their supervised field experience to help bridge their research and practice. “This excellent book . . . demonstrates the growth of the whole child, using well-written, research-based portrayals of teachers and leaders displaying emotional intelligence and fostering its growth in children, teachers, and leaders.” —From the Foreword by Edward F. Zigler, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy “This important book emphasizes that the first thing children need is to know they are loved, the second is to learn self-regulation, and the third is to know how to get along with others. Peggy Pizzo’s book shows teachers how they can help children learn these things and thrive.” —T. Berry Brazelton, professor emeritus, Harvard Medical School and founder of Brazelton Touchpoints Center “As a long-time admirer of Peggy Pizzo and her seminal work, I am delighted that she is bringing an innovative approach—using teaching cases—to early childhood professional development in ways designed to help children learn and grow.” —Ellen Galinsky, president, Families and Work Institute



The Importance of Being Little

The Importance of Being Little Author Erika Christakis
ISBN-10 9780698195011
Release 2016-02-09
Pages 400
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“Christakis . . . expertly weaves academic research, personal experience and anecdotal evidence into her book . . . a bracing and convincing case that early education has reached a point of crisis . . . her book is a rare thing: a serious work of research that also happens to be well-written and personal . . . engaging and important.” --Washington Post "What kids need from grown-ups (but aren't getting)...an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: play." --NPR.org The New York Times bestseller that provides a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom about early childhood, with a pragmatic program to encourage parents and teachers to rethink how and where young children learn best by taking the child’s eye view of the learning environment To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child’s intelligence while overtaxing the child’s growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the “wrong” program, their child won’t get into the “right” college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children’s future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children’s use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way. Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility. From the Hardcover edition.



The Good School

The Good School Author Peg Tyre
ISBN-10 9781429996976
Release 2011-08-16
Pages 256
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Award-winning education journalist Peg Tyre mines up-to-the-minute research to equip parents with the tools and knowledge necessary to get their children the best education possible We all know that the quality of education served up to our children in U.S. schools ranges from outstanding to shockingly inadequate. How can parents tell the difference? And how do they make sure their kids get what's best? Even the most involved and informed parents can feel overwhelmed and confused when making important decisions about their child's education. And the scary truth is that evaluating a school based on test scores and college admissions data is like selecting a car based on the color of its paint. Synthesizing cutting-edge research and firsthand reporting, Peg Tyre offers parents far smarter and more sophisticated ways to assess a classroom and decide if the school and the teacher have the right stuff. Passionate and persuasive, The Good School empowers parents to make sense of headlines; constructively engage teachers, administrators, and school boards; and figure out the best option for their child—be that a local public school, a magnet program, a charter school, homeschooling, parochial, or private.



Ages and Stages

Ages and Stages Author Charles E. Schaefer
ISBN-10 0471370878
Release 2000-08-30
Pages 240
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A comprehensive parent's guide to your child's psychological development from birth through age 10 Written in an engaging, practical style, Ages and Stages offers you the benefits of the most current research on child development, featuring helpful tips and techniques to foster your child's maturation. Charles Schaefer and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo tell you what behaviors you can expect as your child grows and how you can help him or her to advance to the next level of development. They include numerous examples, stories, and activities you can use immediately to positively influence your child's development. The book's structure (divided into four stages of child development--birth to 18 months, 18 to 36 months, 36 months to age six, and six to ten years) allows you to monitor your child's progress, identify the reasons for emotional and psychological differences in siblings, and even determine how your parenting strategies should change as your child grows. * Covers all five areas of psychological health--emotional, cognitive, friendship/relationships, personal growth, and morality * Filled with easy-to-follow Do's and Don'ts, plus fun activities and exercises to encourage your child's development * Helps you assess if and when your child may need professional intervention



Jump Into Math

Jump Into Math Author Rae Pica
ISBN-10 9780876596661
Release 2015-08-01
Pages 132
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Jump into Math is the perfect way to turn children's love of active games into learning opportunities! The activities in each chapter are organized by level of difficulty, and each one incorporates fun, exciting math experiences with movement. Most activities require few or no materials and include related children's books or music to extend the learning. The math skills index is an invaluable reference tool, giving teachers flexibility to plan around children's interests. Whether you use these lively math activities during circle or group time, substitute them for more traditional lessons in math, or use them to reinforce other lessons, you can be sure that the children are moving in leaps and bounds toward understanding mathematics. Research shows that the most effective way for children to learn concepts is to experience them physically. Jump into Math offers just this kind of learning. Activities such as Light and Heavy Words, The Number Hunt, and Three-Legged Creatures will actively engage children as they explore new math concepts!



Teaching Kids to Think

Teaching Kids to Think Author Darlene Sweetland
ISBN-10 9781492602767
Release 2015-03-03
Pages 304
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Why Do Kids These Days Expect Everything to be Given to Them? Today's kids don't know how to read a map. They can Google the answer to any question at lightning speed. If a teen forgets his homework, a quick call to mom or dad has it hand-delivered in minutes. Fueled by the rapid pace of technology, the Instant Gratification Generation not only expects immediate solutions to problems—they're more dependent than ever on adults. Today's kids are being denied opportunities to make mistakes, and more importantly, to learn from them. They are being taught not to think. In Teaching Kids to Think, Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children's need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages. A must-read for parents and educators, Teaching Kids to Think will help you understand where this sense of entitlement comes from—and how to turn it around in order to raise children who are confident, independent, and thoughtful.



Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics Author Liping Ma
ISBN-10 9781135149499
Release 2010-03-26
Pages 232
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Studies of teachers in the U.S. often document insufficient subject matter knowledge in mathematics. Yet, these studies give few examples of the knowledge teachers need to support teaching, particularly the kind of teaching demanded by recent reforms in mathematics education. Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics describes the nature and development of the knowledge that elementary teachers need to become accomplished mathematics teachers, and suggests why such knowledge seems more common in China than in the United States, despite the fact that Chinese teachers have less formal education than their U.S. counterparts. The anniversary edition of this bestselling volume includes the original studies that compare U.S and Chinese elementary school teachers’ mathematical understanding and offers a powerful framework for grasping the mathematical content necessary to understand and develop the thinking of school children. Highlighting notable changes in the field and the author’s work, this new edition includes an updated preface, introduction, and key journal articles that frame and contextualize this seminal work.



Improving School Behaviour

Improving School Behaviour Author Chris Watkins
ISBN-10 0761963375
Release 2000-03-28
Pages 146
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Behaviour difficulties in our schools will not go away, but they can be significantly reduced. This book makes available to practitioners and students the frameworks and ideas, which will help them, minimize behaviour difficulty in school. The authors address three important levels: the school, the classroom and the individual. At each level, they show how to identify and analyze patterns of difficulty, and then identify methods for improvement. Improving School Behaviour has been written in order to bring to readers useful approaches founded in a comprehensive range of useful international research, and in years of experience in working with schools. It is a mine of helpful ideas and practical approaches. Th