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ERIC Number: ED475175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 222
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-929610-31-9
Practical Solutions to Practically Every Problem: The Early Childhood Teacher's Manual. Revised Edition.
Saifer, Steffen
Based on sound developmentally appropriate theory, this revised guide is designed to help early childhood teachers deal with common problems that arise in all aspects of their work. Following an introduction and a list of the 20 most important principles for successful preschool teaching, the guide is divided into nine parts. Part 1 addresses daily dilemmas such as schedule planning, meal and nap times, transitions, and outdoor play. Part 2 covers classroom concerns, such as physical environment, curriculum, assessment and accountability, and coping with accidents and emergencies. Part 3 addresses children with particular needs, including children with suspected or overt disabilities, limited English speaking children, gifted and talented children, and sexually precocious children. Part 4 concerns children who must cope with major changes, including divorce and remarriage of parents, death of a loved one, or a new sibling. Part 5 focuses on children with challenging behaviors, and includes steps for preventing behavior problems and for addressing specific behaviors such as biting, lying, sexual acting out, and crying and whining. Part 6 addresses working with parents and families, covering parents who want reading taught to their child, complaining parents, and parents who may be abusive to their children. Part 7 discusses working with other staff, including preventing problems with difficult bosses, assistants or volunteers, and co-workers. Part 8 deals with individual problems teachers might face, such as time over-commitment, burn-out and stress, and low wages. Finally, Part 9 provides tips on promoting oneself as a professional, and includes a list of professional organizations, journals, and books. A glossary of common terms and jargon completes the guide. (HTH)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Note: For 1990 edition, see ED 363 431.