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Williamson, Peter A.; Silvern, Steven B. – Childhood Education, 1986
Describes procedures found to be effective for eliciting children's creative dramatic play in the classroom. A second-grade classroom scenario provides an example of the way key components of play training techniques can be implemented by the teacher and indicates the decision-making processes to be addressed.
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Creative Dramatics, Decision Making
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Rutherford, Anna P.; Snider, Sarah J. – Childhood Education, 1984
Points out the advantages of a writing lesson in which a class of second graders jointly compose a paragraph on the basis of questions asked a selected child in the group ("the VIP"). (CI)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Grade 2, Primary Education, Writing Skills
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Fuqua, Beth Howard – Childhood Education, 1998
Describes the use of math journals in one kindergarten classroom. Asserts that use of the journals, in which children record their problem-solving processes, makes them think about and use various symbols to represent their thoughts; keeps them actively involved in reasoning, comparing, counting, and other mathematical concepts; and encourages…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Kindergarten Children, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Activities
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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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Maxim, George W. – Childhood Education, 1997
Describes a kindergarten/first-grade and a second-grade program for teaching map reading skills. Suggests that map- reading instruction is required to improve children's geography knowledge. Provides ideas on how to observe the environment, use photos, encourage block play, use books, share maps, construct a model of the classroom, read cardinal…
Descriptors: Cartography, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes
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Creech, Nancy; Bhavnagri, Navaz – Childhood Education, 2002
Describes using drama to provide constant scaffolding as children learn to write stories. The 5-week process begins with collaboratively setting the stage, proceeds with scaffolding for reviewing the elements of stories (punctuation, the sequence of events, characterization, the plot problem and solution), and concludes with independent projects…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Classroom Techniques, Creative Writing, Dramatics
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Scott, Deborah; And Others – Childhood Education, 1992
Communicating about mathematics not only enriches the learning of mathematics but also makes mathematics relevant and meaningful to students. This article describes an instructional sequence for fostering students' journal writing on mathematics. The sequence involves motivation of students, verbal interaction, class and individual writing,…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Communication Skills, Grade 2, Instructional Innovation
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Reutzel, D. Ray – Childhood Education, 1992
Most early childhood teachers support breaking away from the letter-a-week method of teaching the alphabet but question how to achieve that goal. Concepts related to how young children learn the alphabetic principle are reviewed and successful strategies for teaching the principle are presented. (LB)
Descriptors: Alphabets, Classroom Techniques, Grade 1, Kindergarten
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Barbour, Nita; Seefeldt, Carol A. – Childhood Education, 1992
Presents ideas from the book, "Developmental Continuity: From Preschool through Primary Grades." Developmental continuity is a way of providing instruction that permits children to progress according to their rate and style of learning. Curriculum approaches, classroom organization, and ways to begin are discussed. (LB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Classroom Techniques, Developmental Continuity, Developmental Stages
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Glascott, Kathleen P.; Crews, Nancy N. – Childhood Education, 1998
Argues that eclecticism is not a viable teaching philosophy and examines reasons teachers follow the practice in the belief that students' learning needs are adequately met. Encourages teachers to examine their classroom practices, and to focus on, and listen to, individual students to determine the direction and pace of their learning experience.…
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Childhood Needs, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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Marshall, Carol Sue – Childhood Education, 1998
Providing accurate, authentic information about the differences among children encountered in the classroom every day is important to the process to explore diversity with children. Children's picture books can serve as one vehicle for bridging the gap as teachers attempt to open communication and foster environments of understanding and respect.…
Descriptors: Bias, Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness
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Myers, Barbara Kimes; Myers, Michal Elaine – Childhood Education, 1999
Refers to the words "spirit" and "spirituality" not in terms of religion but as human qualities that allow children to transcend or move beyond that which they do not yet understand. Illustrates the encouragement of these qualities in a kindergarten program and the program's use of literature to help students grow spiritually.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Individual Development, Kindergarten