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ERIC Number: EJ959800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Intentionality in Action: A Strategy that Benefits Preschoolers and Teachers
Gronlund, Gaye; Stewart, Kathy
Young Children, v66 n6 p28-33 Nov 2011
Excellent teachers in early childhood programs are intentional in all they do with and for children. They do not assume that children's development will happen without support, encouragement, and scaffolding or without presenting appropriate challenges for the children. Intentionality is a key message in "Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8" (Copple & Bredekamp 2009). Intentionality can also be applied to staff development and supervision. A director or supervisor should be purposeful in planning opportunities for staff to reflect about their classroom practices. This article tells the story of intentionality in planning and teaching with children and with teachers at St. Saviour's Church Nursery School in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut