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ERIC Number: EJ930002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Powerful Interactions
Dombro, Amy Laura; Jablon, Judy R.; Stetson, Charlotte
Young Children, v66 n1 p12-16, 19-20 Jan 2011
Interactions are the daily exchanges in words and gestures one has with others. As a teacher, the interactions he/she has with young children can make a positive difference in their lives. A teacher's powerful interactions with children play an important role in their emotional well-being and learning. Powerful interactions are not the same as everyday interactions. The authors define powerful interactions as those in which teachers intentionally connect with the child while at the same time saying or doing something to guide the child's learning a small step forward. Powerful interactions begin long before teachers first meet or talk with a child. They begin with the way teachers think and their attitude about their work and the children they teach. Teachers' attitude matters. Teaching is more than following a curriculum successfully. It is an ongoing process of inquiry that requires curiosity and the ability to ask questions and look for answers. In this article, the authors describe some techniques that teachers can apply to keep their spirit of inquiry alive and make their interactions powerful.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A