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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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Sloane, Marie W. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Presents rationale for using learning centers in early childhood classrooms. Describes teaching strategies to support active learning, including providing open-ended materials, organizing for independence, introducing centers, brainstorming ideas, and extending children's learning. (KB)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education
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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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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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Mangin, Martha C. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Considers the consequences of adult praise of children, focusing on when praise is dispensed, its indiscriminate use, children's dependence on others' judgment, use of praise to manipulate behavior, and its effect on motivation. Lists questions for evaluating the use of praise. (KB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Praise, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Mayfield, Phyllis K.; Chapman, J. Keith – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Examines the effects of drug use during pregnancy on early and later child development, the extent of women's drug use, and behavioral and learning characteristics of children prenatally exposed to drugs. Provides intervention guidelines for early childhood settings including children with prenatal drug exposure, focusing on recommendations for…
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Programs
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Hinnant, Hilari – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Describes the popularity of a first grader who is put back into a kindergarten class due to poor reading skills. Notes how the kindergartners consider the new boy a window onto the first grade and marvel at his skills in various classroom activities. Reflects on the lessons learned about the caring, safe environment of the classroom community.…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Grade Repetition, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children
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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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Wellhousen, Karyn; Downey, Jill – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Discusses stages of the grieving process and ways in which early childhood teachers and caregivers can help young children understand and cope with death. An annotated bibliography of children's books concerning death is provided. (BB)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Cognitive Ability
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Hanson, Margo; Fields, Marjorie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Describes the strategies used in a program to enhance primary school students' perspective-taking. Suggests using I-messages to help children resolve conflicts, using active listening during sharing time, developing caring relationships, and providing opportunities for social interaction. (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Conflict Resolution, Listening Skills, Peer Relationship
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Quick, Donna S.; Botkin, Darla; Quick, Sam – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Urges teachers to be aware of the types of family violence, their prevalence, and the common effects of family violence on young children. Explores indicators of abuse and neglect, factors that protect against family violence, suggestions for creating a nurturing classroom climate, and the role of early childhood professionals in cases of abuse.…
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Classroom Environment
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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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Thomason, Nita Davison – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Describes how children develop a concept of death, and presents suggestions for classroom experiences to help young children cope with death. Considers children's attendance at funerals and how to answer children's questions about death. Lists 14 children's books about death. (KB)
Descriptors: Bereavement, Books, Childrens Literature, Cognitive Development
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