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Baumgartner, Erin; Cho, Jeong-il – Childhood Education, 2014
Animal-human interactions have been found to have positive influences on children across the world. In particular, research supports the benefits of animal-assisted activities in addressing students' social and behavioral problems within the classroom environment. The general information about animal-assisted activities provided in this…
Descriptors: Animals, Teaching Methods, Planning, Interaction
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van Kraayenoord, Christina E. – Childhood Education, 2007
This article describes practices in inclusive education in Australian schools and classrooms. In discussing the changes that schools have made in order to be inclusive and responsive to student diversity, the author refers to one Australian school and its re-organization and also to recent Australian research on building inclusive school cultures.…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Inclusive Schools, Educational Practices, Student Diversity
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Filler, John; Xu, Yaoying – Childhood Education, 2006
Early childhood educators are facing the challenge of creating quality educational programs for young children from an increasingly diverse mix of racial and cultural backgrounds. Programs that, in the past, have largely ignored the diversity of their participants must re-examine approaches that emphasize the universality of linear lists of…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teaching Methods, Special Needs Students, Disabilities
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Maple, Ted L. – Childhood Education, 2005
Traditionally, early childhood educators address the gaping hole in their planning books under the "social studies" header by teaching a smattering of thematic units. Most early childhood educators now know the importance of planning experiences for social studies, or any other content area, that are integrated, meaningful, and of high interest.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Social Studies, Thematic Approach, Student Projects
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Peralta, Andrew – Childhood Education, 2005
In this article, the author discusses her preparation for "the Four P's": Preparation, Parents, Politics, and Parties. She states that a human's ability for self-preservation guided her through the first three of the "P's." She learned quickly, usually through hard experience, how to navigate through these issues. She shares, though, that she was…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Teacher Role, Planning, Holidays
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Sherman, Sallie J.; Hall, Keith A. – Childhood Education, 1983
Outlines a nine-step planning model for teachers to follow in order to introduce computer-based education activities in their classrooms. (MP)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines
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Flurry, Ruth C. – Childhood Education, 1973
Cautions against rush to import British informal-style classrooms asserting that open education can't be brought about by mandate, questionable motivations, or by a quick, band-aid approach. More long-range planning and better evaluation methods are urged. (ST)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Environment, Discovery Learning, Early Childhood Education
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Cohen, Shirley – Childhood Education, 1972
Practical suggestions to help teachers plan field trips that will be helpful experiences for school children who are more vulnerable, fearful, confused and destructive than most of their peers. (NH)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Persons, Field Trips
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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