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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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Stork, Steve; Engel, Susan – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Drawing on the idea that a constructivist classroom is very different from a traditional setting, this article presents a rubric based on current understanding of constructivist theory and education. The rubric is designed as a formative assessment of teachers to stimulate thinking and improve methods related to constructivist teaching. (SD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Constructivism (Learning), Early Childhood Education
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Warash, Bobbie Gibson; Saab, Joy Faini – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1999
Describes a project designed to enhance the development of preschool children's aesthetic awareness. Explores how the project presented strategies and materials that can be readily incorporated into the curriculum for any group of young children. Strategies included focusing children's observations; making art happen; and expanding artistic…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art, Art Activities, Art Appreciation
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Disque, J. Graham; Langenbrunner, Mary R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests using books to nurture development of children's positive self-images by employing Narrative Therapy, a family therapy technique. Discusses guidelines to help children behave in more socially mature ways. Defines terms used in Narrative Therapy and gives examples of techniques. Lists children's books by therapy category and suggests ways…
Descriptors: Bibliotherapy, Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education
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Couchenour, Donna; Chrisman, Kent – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Discusses sexuality as encompassing all areas of children's development. Suggests ways to use contextual situations to discuss body functions, body parts, and reproduction to foster healthy understandings of sexuality as children develop. Includes descriptions of best practices in early childhood education matched with developmental expectations…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices
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Brown, William H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes historical attitudes about the education of children with developmental delays by classifying the trends into four time periods: (1) forget and hide; (2) screen and segregate; (3) identify and help; and (4) include and support. Provides contemporary information about early childhood inclusion in the least restrictive environment…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Attitude Change, Developmental Delays, Developmental Disabilities
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Hemmeter, Mary Louise; Grisham-Brown, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Provides guidelines for teachers in inclusive classrooms to help children with disabilities learn language and communication skills during everyday activities and routines. Key elements described include collaboration among team members, collecting naturalistic assessment data, developing activity-based objects, preparing an activity matrix, and…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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Lewis, Eleanore Grater – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues importance of a flexible approach to educating physically and developmentally disabled children, one that allows children to learn and play with attention to age, stages, temperaments, personalities and individual needs. Notes that staff attitudes and willingness to adjust schedules, plans, room arrangement, curriculum, and expectations are…
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Environment, Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Programs
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Presler, Betty; Routt, Mary Lou – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Provides guidelines to prepare for and monitor successful inclusion programs for children who require individualized health-related intervention to enable participation in early childhood programs. The framework includes establishing standards for care that are comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered, culturally relevant, community-based, and…
Descriptors: Child Health, Chronic Illness, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Nichols, Ronnie A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Discusses strategies that teachers and caregivers of young children can use to encourage children to draw and write about their experiences through literature, films, and music. This strategy preserves their own cultural heritage, as demonstrated at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. (BB)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Childrens Literature, Cultural Background, Day Care
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Tweedie, Patricia S. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Discusses methods teachers of young children can use to plan and create interactive, hands-on bulletin boards that make use of moveable pieces. (BB)
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Equipment
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Bullock, Janis R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1992
Describes the ways in which primary grade science teachers can use hands-on scientific activities to answer children's questions about science. In such activities, children discover and experiment with materials and objects to understand scientific ideas and processes. Suggests that teachers should encourage children's curiosity. (BB)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Electricity, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Trelease, Jim – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Suggests practices to use and to avoid using when reading books to or with young and elementary school children. Also suggests how television viewing has supplanted reading among children and their families, and how parents and teachers can control children's television viewing and use television to its best advantage. (BB)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education, Mass Media Effects, Parent Materials
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Derman-Sparks, Louise – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Discusses children's development of cultural identity and attitudes. Examines common multicultural curriculum approaches that deny diversity and treat multicultural activities as tours of other cultures. Suggests that these approaches inadequately prepare children to live knowledgeably and empathetically with diversity. Proposes an effective…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Guides, Developmental Stages
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Boutte, Gloria S.; Peterson, Elizabeth A. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Suggests classroom activities related to language, social studies, and music and movement that can help beginning teachers to experience the difference that authentic multiculturalism makes in the classroom. (BB)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Class Activities, Cultural Pluralism, Early Childhood Education
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