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Herndon, Martha; Waggoner, Cathy – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2021
The development of young children can be disrupted by repeated stress because stress triggers a response which changes the chemistry of their bodies (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (NSCDC), 2014). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe stressful or traumatic experiences which threaten children's development.…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Stress Variables, Biochemistry, Trauma
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White, Kelley Mayer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2016
For a majority of teachers, traditional professional development workshops lack relevancy and leave teachers on their own to implement what was learned. Workshops are frequently structured in ways in which teachers are seen simply as recipients of information handed down by trainers (a more passive role) versus those who reflect on and construct…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Books, Clubs, Teacher Student Relationship
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DeMeulenaere, Michelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2015
In this article, Michelle DeMeulenaere discusses social/emotional learning (SEL), with a focus on helping preschool children gain knowledge about feelings and getting along with others. SEL is the process in which children are able to acknowledge and recognize the emotions of others, develop empathy, make good decisions, establish friendships, and…
Descriptors: Socialization, Emotional Development, Social Development, Preschool Children
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Monsalvatge, Laura; Long, Kris; DiBello, Lilia – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2013
Early childhood professionals constantly reflect upon how to improve the quality of educational experiences for young children. They are often encouraged to create centers that support the development of language, literacy and mathematical concepts inside the classroom, but they often forget that there is an untapped world of learning just outside…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Outdoor Education, Environmental Education
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Dresden, Janna; Shetterley, Karen R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
High-quality family child care and school-age programs have characteristics to promote positive relationships among families and children that enhance children's development and family functioning, much like the thriving neighborhoods of previous generations. These characteristics include choice and variety, environments emphasizing safety and…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, After School Programs, Child Safety, Classroom Environment
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Wilt, Judith Vander – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes how educators and families can foster children's sense of responsibility. Activities noted include interactions that support responsibility, such as asking questions that enable children to see some responsible choices; strategies that encourage learning, such as offering challenging, engaging learning opportunities in an interactive…
Descriptors: Child Responsibility, Educational Strategies, Incentives, Parent Child Relationship
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Vander Wilt, Judith – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests that classroom teachers need to reexamine the ease with which they use rewards to shape desirable behavior in children. Examines external and internal control, and problems posed by the use of rewards. Provides examples of how teachers can help develop intrinsic motivation in students without tangible rewards. (HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Early Childhood Education
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Warner, Laverne; Adams, Polly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests that when teachers study their children in systematic ways to enhance classroom management, they are participating in action research. Discusses how data for action research are collected, for example teacher diaries and student portfolios. Presents two examples of action research: one on block play and the other on curriculum…
Descriptors: Action Research, Class Activities, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques
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Wald, Penny; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Presents three keys for designing successful circle time: multisensory experiences, multilevel instruction, and multiple opportunities to learn. Includes related, responsive strategies to accommodate "hard-to-engage" children during large-group activities. (HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Educational Planning
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Demaree, Mary Ann – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children living in violent homes and communities. Discusses the role of teachers in creating classrooms that feel safe. Notes the importance of relearning safety to children who have PTSD. Describes strategies to create feeling of safety in the children. (BAC)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Safety, Childhood Attitudes, Classroom Environment
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Nabors, Martha L.; Edwards, Linda C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Presents three teacher-preschooler scenarios illustrating teacher actions that hinder creativity and social development. Discusses the connection between psychosocial and creative development in light of Erik Erikson's eight stages of psychosocial development. Suggests that teachers need to be flexible, consider children's feelings, foster…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Creative Development, Creativity, Early Childhood Education
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Hatch, J. Amos – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1994
Describes ways of observing and interpreting children's peer social behavior based on the impression management perspective, which focuses on the social construction of a child's individual self-concept. Suggests that teachers and caregivers can use impression management strategies to observe and promote prosocial development in young children.…
Descriptors: Caregiver Role, Child Behavior, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques
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Van Scoy, Irma J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses four general principles that help explain young children's preoperational thinking. Children tend to focus on one thing at a time; what they can see or experience; their own connections or explanations; and their own interpretations and representations. Suggests that teachers need to be good listeners and watch for clues to children's…
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Early Childhood Education
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Benson, Tammy R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Addresses common concerns that early childhood teachers have about portfolio assessment, ways to find time to use portfolio assessment, and suggestions for involving young children and their families in the process of assessment and evaluation. (MDM)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Evaluation Methods, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences
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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Explores misconceptions about the place of the arts in early childhood education. Notes that children's creativity usually flourishes in a play-like atmosphere where children have the time, materials, opportunity, and social support to experiment. Suggests three ways to facilitate children's artistic growth and creative expression, and includes a…
Descriptors: Art, Art Activities, Art Expression, Classroom Environment
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