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ERIC Number: EJ1144486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-9734
The Myth of the "Perfect" Child
Werner Andrews, Sarah
NAMTA Journal, v42 n2 p3-21 Spr 2017
Drawing on both extensive professional and deeply personal experience, Sarah Werner Andrews' vision of working with children carries profound respect and love throughout her guiding insight. She shares an understanding of those children who are the most challenging and provides a framework that allows us to embrace these and all children. Acknowledging the confusion and frustration that teachers often feel in the face of helping children that are difficult to understand, she sends the message that in order to gain insight and help each child, we must work to help ourselves by opening our minds and embracing the challenges and differences that each child offers. By embracing differences, the true child can be seen, and the child will guide the adult in the quest to help him. [This talk was presented at the NAMTA conference titled "Children on the Edge: Creating a Path for Happy, Healthy Development," January 12-15, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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