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Winter, Suzanne M. – Childhood Education, 2009
In this era of increasing accountability and high-stakes testing in schools, a serious paradox has surfaced. Children are becoming overweight at an alarming rate, and mounting evidence points to a relationship between obesity and poor school performance. Ironically, pressure to improve children's academic achievement has led many schools to adopt…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Physical Activities, Nutrition
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Winter, Suzanne M. – Childhood Education, 2009
Childhood obesity is epidemic in the United States and other industrialized countries across the globe. This trend is alarming, because childhood obesity is associated with the early onset of serious health problems, including Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, orthopedic problems, behavioral disorders, and asthma. Mounting evidence also…
Descriptors: Obesity, Prevention, Economically Disadvantaged, Parenting Styles
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Winter, Suzanne M.; Kelley, Michael F. – Childhood Education, 2008
The issue of children's school readiness concerns parents and teachers worldwide. Kindergarten teachers have reported that approximately one-third of U.S. children entering school are ill-prepared to achieve success. Experts also warn that many children are entering school lacking the fundamental skills to achieve academic success. It is…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Educational Research, Early Childhood Education, Models
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Winter, Suzanne M. – Childhood Education, 1997
The SMART planning system is examined as a tool for teachers working toward the successful inclusion of children with disabilities. Four focus areas are discussed connected with the SMART acronym: Select curriculum and approaches; Match instruction to child; Adapt when necessary; Relevant skills targeted; Test to inform instruction. Suggestions on…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities
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Winter, Suzanne M. – Childhood Education, 1995
Multicultural and inclusive education models have important implications for educators confronting the challenge to provide programs that allow all children to flourish. Proposes a framework of practical strategies for implementation and monitoring programs. In implementing programs, teachers must evaluate their attitudes toward diversity and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation