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Class Meetings: Young Children Solving Problems Together

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Have you tried involving children in class meetings for working out the conflicts and problems that arise? It's a great way to build classroom community and promote children's problem-solving skills. The authors' guidance and practical strategies are effective with children in preschool through the early grades. Great for bilingual classrooms too!

 

The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Classrooms

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In an engaging, reader-friendly style, the author describes developmentally appropriate guidance in the encouraging classroom. With this approach, teachers think beyond the kind of conventional classroom discipline that aims merely to keep children in line—and often fails even to do that! Gartrell shows teachers how to help children develop lifelong skills such as mutual acceptance and cooperation, creative and peaceful problem-solving strategies, and acceptable ways to express difficult emotions. Includes a special chapter on guidance with boys. Copublished with Cengage.

Guiding Children's Behavior: Developmental Discipline in the Classroom

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Guiding Children's Behavior is a comprehensive guide to classroom management, emphasizing observation as the best way to determine developmentally appropriate interventions. By following a process for observing children, educators will learn how to see beyond children?s manifest behavior to focus on their motivations, needs, and interests. Featuring a series of chapters organized by age, from birth through elementary school, this book helps teachers to individualize discipline practices; offers supportive vignettes and a menu of developmentally appropriate strategies that teachers can choose from; includes a training module to help teachers, administrators, and parents work together to create more consistency between home and school; and provides useful forms. From Teachers College Press. 

Literacy Leadership in Early Childhood: The Essential Guide

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Today?s busy early childhood practitioners are being asked to do more, know more, and produce ?results,? especially in the area of literacy development. Here is a resource that covers key aspects of literacy learning and teaching, including child development, standards, curriculum planning, assessment, professional development, and connections between school and home. Attention is given throughout to issues related to linguistic and cultural diversity, and all chapters end with ?leadership strategies? that serve as a quick guide for action and reflection. From Teachers College Press.

Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom: Interpreting the Reggio Emilia Approach in Schools

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How is a compelling, exemplary curriculum created in schools in spite of the pressures to implement a standardized one? In this book, teachers and principals share their experiences with emergent curriculum, and with the creative practices they've developed in urban classrooms kindergarten to 3rd grade. We learn what they were trying to do, how they began the process, the challenges they face, the decisions they made, and what happened to the children. All chapters are written by teachers who have found ways of interpreting the Reggio approach to enrich their teaching within the confines of traditional schools. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand emergent curriculum and for all who hope to nurture an enlivening way to learn in classrooms. Copublished with Teachers College Press. Past Comprehensive Member Benefit.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Infants and Toddlers

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Teachers of infants and toddlers can use this resource to learn about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so they can apply DAP in their work with infants and toddlers. Filled with information, practical ideas, and inspiration, this is a book that every infant and toddler teacher will want! 

Chapters include:

  • What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice? 
    Key messages of NAEYC's position statement
  • To Be an Excellent Teacher
    Connecting DAP to excellent teaching 
  • Understanding Development of Infants and Toddlers
    Overview of infants' and toddlers' learning and development
  • Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider 
    Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
  • FAQs about Developmentally Appropriate Practice  
    Responses to common questions
  • Young Children articles 
    Nine articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with infants and toddlers

Spotlight on Young Children and Language

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Language is central to children?s development on all fronts. Research confirms that a rich language environment in the early years is key to children?s success in many areas. Yet many children lack such language learning opportunities, unless they find them in their early childhood program. The engaging, research-based articles in this book describe powerful ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. This beautifully produced resource also includes a list of top resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid students and other readers in reflecting on the articles.

Spotlight on Young Children and Math

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Too often as early childhood teachers we give math short shrift (although we like to say that ?Math is everywhere in my classroom!"). All of the highly readable articles here, collected from Young Children, reflect the research-based recommendations for practice in NAEYC?s joint position statement with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The authors offer proven strategies to introduce key mathematics concepts, foster problem solving and mathematical thinking, and encourage use of math across the curriculum. This attractive resource also includes a list of top resources in the area and carefully designed questions and activities to aid students and other readers in reflecting on the articles.

The Great Outdoors: Restoring Children's Right to Play Outside

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New edition now available! For many school-age children, outdoor experiences are very limited. The author compellingly argues for ensuring that children have outdoor play and learning opportunities, describes exciting playgrounds in the U.S. and other countries, and provides practical information on safety, accessibility, and curriculum.

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