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Trube, Barbara – Childhood Education, 2017
Mentoring, including peer mentoring, is a key element of teacher education programs and subsequent teaching practice. In order to share the benefits of mindfulness practices, a faculty member in a state university in the Midwestern United States promoted the practice of mindfulness by teacher candidates enrolled in her courses. As members of a…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, Peer Relationship, Teacher Education Programs
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Polat, Özgül; Yavuz, Ezgi Aksin – Childhood Education, 2016
Early childhood experiences have a great effect on the course of a child's life. Preschool education can offer benefits for children, particularly those who do not have advantages at home, including benefits related to academic skills, social-emotional development, and communication. Thus, preschool experiences are a potential key to improving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, School Readiness
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Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth; Crawford, Patricia A. – Childhood Education, 2009
This article presents picture books that are considered as a sample of children's literature selections on war, terrorism, and natural disasters for pre-K to 3rd-grade children which were chosen with both young children and their teachers and parents in mind. The authors recommend these books to be used as read-alouds, so that caring adults who…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Natural Disasters, Terrorism, Reading Aloud to Others
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Freeman, Nancy; Brown, Mac – Childhood Education, 2008
Several years ago, the state of South Carolina turned to experts in early childhood education to address the school readiness issue for its K-2 schools. Rather than asking, "Is this child ready for school?," the state created a program assessment system that reframed the question of school readiness by asking, "Is this school ready…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Program Evaluation, School Readiness, Student Evaluation
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Patterson, Janice; Kirkland, Lynn – Childhood Education, 2007
The adversities that today's families face are well-documented and staggering. Even in the midst of tough times, however, many families are able to display resilience. Family resilience refers to the coping mechanisms the family uses as a functional unit to recover from life's setbacks. In this article, the authors present guidelines for creating…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Coping, Family Environment, Guides
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Szente, Judit; Hoot, James – Childhood Education, 2004
Major obstacles threaten the future of Ethiopia. Global publicity regarding the drought of 1986 has left the world with images of starving and orphaned Ethiopian children. Such conditions do still exist in parts of this nation, in which 45 percent of the population falls below the national poverty line (The World Factbook, 2003). In a nation of…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Textbooks, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education
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Walker, Carolyn; Kragler, Sherry; Martin, Linda; Arnett, Ashlee – Childhood Education, 2003
Asserts that informational reading material is scarce in primary classrooms and that many primary grade teachers do not know enough strategies for helping children understand this type of reading material. Describes an effort to engage a group of first-grade children in reading and writing experiences involving informational texts and related…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Emergent Literacy, Fiction, Grade 1
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Holmes, Kerry – Childhood Education, 2003
This article describes how a first-grade teacher used poetry to provide students of diverse ability levels with reading and language activities that stimulated their interest and improved basic skills. Activities with poetry included reading the poems aloud individually and as a group, discussing and analyzing the poems' words and meanings, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Grade 1, Grade Repetition, Journal Writing
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Liu, Ping – Childhood Education, 2003
Examined an e-mail pen pal project between a second-grade classroom in the United States and one in China. Found that the project engaged students in learning through social interaction that enabled them to learn about a culture other than their own. Also found that the project enhanced students' social, cognitive, and linguistic skills, and…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences
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SeokHoon, Alice Seng – Childhood Education, 2003
Describes the components of Singapore's Masterplan for Information Technology (IT) in Education, which lays out a comprehensive strategy for creating an IT-based teaching and learning environment in every school. Discusses the impact on childhood learning and on the teaching staff, highlighting the experience of one of the demonstration schools as…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Literacy, Computer Use, Computer Uses in Education
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Kilderry, Anna; Yelland, Nicola; Lazaridis, Vicky; Dragicevic, Silvana – Childhood Education, 2003
Drawing on the experience of two first-year classrooms in Melbourne, Australia, this article explores numeracy learning within an information and communication technology (ICT) environment. Included are examples of how mathematical skills can be promoted and learned in such a way that children can extend their use to practical, problem-solving…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Active Learning, Computer Literacy, Computer Use
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Hughes, Eileen – Childhood Education, 2002
Describes how teachers and students used observation and documentation to create connected learning experiences and plan curriculum. Discusses using photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, written notes, drawings, and dialogue as observation techniques to support curriculum development. (DLH)
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Dialogs (Language)
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Gwaltney, Thomas M. – Childhood Education, 2002
The second article in a series of three written about teaching strategies in primary schools in England and America, this article reviews strategies used in American one-room rural schoolhouses from the late 1800s to the 1940s. Examines historical perspective, curriculum, school life, punishment, special events, and games. (SD)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Environment, Educational History, Educational Practices
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McCay, Lauren O.; Keyes, Denis W. – Childhood Education, 2002
Helps elementary educators understand and promote social interactions and social competence in inclusive settings, specifically those that include students with learning disabilities and mild to moderate levels of mental retardation. Focuses on social outcomes of inclusion, teacher's attitudes, theoretical perspectives, and areas of social…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary School Teachers, Inclusive Schools, Interpersonal Competence
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Kemple, Kristen M.; Johnson, Cindy A. – Childhood Education, 2002
Proposes using illustrated fictional literature to promote in young children aesthetic appreciation of human creations and the natural environment. Defines aesthetics and recommends both "good" stories and books with vicarious encounters as two useful categories of stories with moral reasoning accessible to primary grade children. Offers three…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Aesthetic Values, Aesthetics, Childrens Literature
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