Young Investigators

Author: Judy Harris Helm
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807756903
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This bestseller provides an introduction to the project approach with step-by-step guidance for conducting meaningful investigations. The Third Edition has been expanded to include two new chaptersHow Projects Can Connect Children with Nature and Project Investigations as STEMand to assist teachers with younger children (toddlers) and older children (2nd grade).

Engaging Children s Minds

Author: Lilian Katz
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567505016
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An introduction to the Project Approach to teaching children from preschool through the primary grades.

Windows on Learning

Author: Judy Harris Helm
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807777145
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Completely updated, this popular guide provides teachers with a proven method for documenting (collecting, analyzing, and displaying) young children’s work. Written by teachers for teachers, it also shows principals, curriculum coordinators, and directors of early intervention programs how to develop children’s portfolios to share with parents or to use for assessment and other accountability purposes. “This lively, informative book poses a remarkable challenge to teachers—to grow themselves while growing young children. Being creatively accountable is hard work and the stories told here describe both the work, how it’s done, and its joyful rewards for teachers and children.” —Elizabeth Jones, Pacific Oaks College “This book provides a set of windows on children’s lives and how teachers can enter into those lives and enrich them through high-quality teaching. The authors have created an inspiring volume, a challenging set of ideas, and an invaluable resource for early childhood educators.” —Samuel J. Meisels, University of Michigan “[A] thoughtful, up-to-date guide to assessing and documenting children’s work. . . . The authors give clear, practical advice on how to collect, analyze, and display children’s work in meaningful ways.” —Scholastic Early Childhood Today (on first edition) “Many teachers find it frustrating to hear the rich and exciting learning experiences they provide described as ‘nothing.’ Windows on Learning skillfully addresses the challenge faced by early childhood educators wishing to share classroom experiences with parents, administrators, and peers. The authors offer a timely and fresh approach to documenting children’s learning and work.” —Childhood Education (on first edition)

Becoming Young Thinkers

Author: Judy Harris Helm
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807773352
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Continuing the exploration of project work in the author’s bestselling book, Young Investigators, Second Edition, this book is designed for preschool through primary grade teachers who know how to do project work but are ready to move to the next level. Focusing on how children become young thinkers, the book begins with mind, brain, and education science and instructional guidelines for all learning experiences, and then connects these to the rich foundation of the project approach. Helm provides specific strategies for deepening project work, including how to select meaningful topics, plan for projects, integrate standards (including the Common Core), support children's questioning, create provocations to promote engagement, and help children represent their ideas. This practical resource will extend practitioners’ knowledge about project-based learning so they can move beyond the basics to create project work that is more engaging, meaningful, and productive. Book Features: Vivid examples of deep project work from real classrooms (pre–K through 2nd grade). An analysis worksheet for applications of Dewey's vision of child-centered learning. Charts for integrating CCSS for English Language Arts and Mathematics in kindergarten projects. A teacher reflection form for evaluating the depth of project work. “Throughout the book, examples and suggestions make clear the important distinctions between the deep investigations involved in project work versus the fairly common superficial theme activities too often seen in preschool and elementary school classes.” —From the Foreword by Lilian G. Katz, past president, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and professor emerita at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

Moral Classrooms Moral Children

Author: Rheta DeVries
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807753408
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This classic bestseller, now updated for today's diverse teaching force and student populations, explores the benefits of sociomoral practices in the classroom. The authors draw on recent research to show how these approaches work with children ages 2–8. They focus on how to establish and maintain a classroom environment that fosters children's intellectual, social, moral, emotional, and personality development. Extending the work of Jean Piaget, the authors advocate for a cooperative approach that contrasts with the coercion and unnecessary control that can be seen in many classrooms serving young children. Practical chapters demonstrate how the constructivist approach can be embedded in a school program by focusing on specific classroom situations and activities, such as resolving conflict, group time, rule making, decision making and voting, social and moral discussions, cooperative alternatives to discipline, and activity time.

The Intentional Teacher

Author: Ann S. Epstein
Publisher: Conran Octopus
ISBN: 9781938113062
Format: PDF
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How do preschoolers learn and develop? - What are the best ways to support learning in the early years? - This revised edition of The Intentional Teacher guides teachers to balance both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences that respond to children's interests and focus on what they need to learn to be successful in school and life. - This edition includes: New chapters on science, social studies, and approaches to learning - Updated, expanded information on social and emotional development, physical development and health, language and literacy, math, and the creative arts - Practical teaching strategies that are illustrated with classroom-based anecdotes - Intentional teaching does not happen by chance.

Project based Learning with Young Children

Author: Deborah Diffily
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325004471
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If your young students ask, "Why are we doing that?" if they wonder what school learning has to do with life outside of school, if YOU wonder how you will motivate, engage, or otherwise inspire your students to take schoolwork seriously, then read this book. Deborah Diffily and Charlotte Sassman give us pause to rethink the look, feel, and content of classrooms. They remind us that even the youngest students can fully participate in the life of their schools and their communities. And they show us just how successful children can be in conducting their own projects. The authors detail the characteristics of an Applied Learning project, a venture in which students connect school work to the real world and direct their own learning. They offer a timeline for one such project, and describe several more, with suggestions for additional project topics, research resources, and end products. Using numerous vignettes and examples from their own teaching experiences, they demonstrate that, above and beyond academic learning, children grow into contributing members of different groups by learning how to negotiate and compromise, direct their own learning, and make daily work choices that mesh classroom learning with real-world projects. As one six-year-old explained, "Projecks can be educkashional. Projecks can be fun." This book's purpose is the same: to help you understand the power, and the fun, of project-based learning. Try it and possibly change your life.

Science in the Early Years

Author: Pat Brunton
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1848601425
Format: PDF, ePub
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Giving early years practitioners and students the confidence to effectively support scientific exploration and investigation with young children, this book explains the science behind young children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Linking theory to practice and the Early Years Foundation Stage, the emphasis throughout the book is on recognizing young children as competent, creative thinkers, and building on their ideas. The book is packed with critical questions and opportunities for reflection, to encourage the reader to think carefully about the role of the adult in supporting child-initiated learning and discovery. The authors look at all the key areas of scientific knowledge, and provide practical ideas suitable for babies, children aged 2 years, and children aged 3 to 5 years. There is also advice on using observations to help with assessment, and for planning the next steps in children’s learning.

Picturing the Project Approach

Author: Sylvia C. Chard
Publisher: Gryphon House, Inc.
ISBN: 0876595735
Format: PDF, Mobi
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When teachers implement the project approach to learning, young children can follow their own real-world interests to gain deeper understanding. Children wonder about a topic, formulate their questions, and then figure out the answers for themselves in their own way. The project approach helps children dig deeply into intellectual and social experiences that can help them see meaningful benefits of the skills they are acquiring. Picturing the Project Approach will lead teachers every step of the way toward incorporating this teaching method in any toddler, preschool or elementary classroom. Teachers will learn how to: Identify a topic Decide on a project Develop the project Share the learning Bring the project to a close