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Ward, Gay; Dahlmeier, Crystal – Young Children, 2011
Inspired by a variety of early childhood educators' observations and writings, the authors reflected on what a joyful classroom looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Although "joy is a developmental need and a vital necessity", the current emphasis in early childhood and elementary programs on assessment, accountability, and increased academic…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, Psychological Patterns, Child Development
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Cartwright, Sally – Young Children, 1993
Advocates cooperative learning, rather than competitive learning, in the classroom. Offers an example of cooperative learning among nursery school children in Tenants Harbor, Maine. Discusses ways for teachers to facilitate cooperative learning in program and classroom design. (BB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Cooperative Learning
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Pica, Rae – Young Children, 2008
Effective early childhood teachers use what they know about and have observed in young children to design programs to meet children's developmental needs. Play and active learning are key tools to address those needs and facilitate children's early education. In this article, the author discusses the benefits of active learning in the education of…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Lifelong Learning, Young Children, Active Learning
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Gallagher, Kathleen Cranley; Mayer, Kelley – Young Children, 2006
This article reflects on what it means for teachers to put relationships with children as the priority in their practice. The authors focus on four themes that they believe are at the heart of a good relationship: (1) recognition; (2) familiarity; (3) respect; and (4) commitment. "Recognition" is acknowledging another person's presence and…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Caregiver Child Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Environment
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Shiller, Virginia M.; O'Flynn, Janet C.; Reineke, June; Sonsteng, Kathleen; Gartrell, Dan – Young Children, 2008
Does the use of rewards to motivate children to learn or to follow classroom rules run counter to fostering a true desire for mastery? This column, which consists of two separate articles, provides the opposing opinions of the authors regarding the appropriateness of giving rewards in an early childhood classroom. In "Using Rewards in the Early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Student Motivation, Young Children, Educational Practices
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Swartz, Mallary I. – Young Children, 2005
In this article, the author discusses playdough. Playdough is a staple play material in the early childhood classroom which provides enjoyable and satisfying experiences for young children. But, it is not merely a "fun" activity, it also provides valuable hands-on, active-learning experiences and supports children's growth and learning in many…
Descriptors: Young Children, Play, Toys, Active Learning
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Verwys, Susan K. – Young Children, 2007
In this article, the author presents a discussion regarding the sharing of decision making regarding curriculum in preschool. The preschool where she teaches is housed in a diverse, faith-based elementary school in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a midsize, midwestern city. It offers full-day, half-day, and two-and-a-half-hour preschool…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Participative Decision Making, Emergent Literacy, Child Development Centers
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Tudge, Jonathan; Caruso, David – Young Children, 1988
Discusses theory and research that explore the nature of cooperative problem solving and its relationship to learning and development. Offers teaching guidelines that early childhood educators can use to encourage children to interact. (BB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cooperation
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Kotloff, Lauren J. – Young Children, 1993
Discusses methods for promoting cooperative learning among preschoolers and the history of these methods. Describes class projects and activities at Dai-ichi Preschool in Japan, which uses group and individual activities to build a classroom group that fosters children's growth and creativity and supports children's efforts. (BB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Creativity
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Hewes, Dorothy W. – Young Children, 2010
The author grew up as an Illinois farm girl, born in 1922. Both her mother and her grandmother had been teachers trained in Froebelian progressive education methods, and both knew the value of building on children's interests. At about age 9, she became interested in butterflies and made her own museum, including rocks, butterflies, and insects…
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Personal Autonomy, Family Environment, Mothers
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Young Children, 1994
Discusses ways in which parent cooperatives can be adapted to meet the needs of working parents in increasing parent involvement in the early childhood and elementary school classroom. Suggests that employers support parental classroom participation leave programs as a job benefit. Also discusses benefits that can be derived from parental…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Employed Parents, Parent Participation
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Tarr, Patricia – Young Children, 2004
This article critically examines classroom walls from four perspectives: (1) reading the environment; (2) walls that silence; (3) the purpose of display; and (4) aesthetics. The author offers some suggestions for teachers to consider when purchasing materials and in planning how to use classroom walls to enhance the educational setting. She…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Aesthetics, Classroom Design
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Williams, Karen Cachevki; Cooney, Margaret H. – Young Children, 2006
In classrooms for young children, educators can strive to create a climate in which every child can question and learn, a place where everyone's story--their background and experiences--is respected. This article presents a rationale and a framework for teaching children about social justice. While the social justice learning activities in this…
Descriptors: Young Children, Justice, Social Values, Early Childhood Education
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Bowman, Barbara – Young Children, 2006
In this article (the edited keynote address to the NAEYC 15th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in June) Bowman defines the four different kinds of standards-for programs, content, learning or performance, and professional development-and explains her beliefs about them. Regarding content and learning standards,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Professional Development, Early Childhood Education, Standards
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Ryan, Sharon; Grieshaber, Susan – Young Children, 2004
The child development knowledge teachers use every day to inform their actions has the potential to both enable and constrain children's learning because it permits teachers to view children from only one vantage point. In this article, the authors argue that in addition to teachers updating their developmental knowledge base, it is important for…
Descriptors: Young Children, Educational Opportunities, Child Development, Early Childhood Education
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