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Murphy, Debra – New Educator, 2017
How can early childhood teacher educators at the community college level create opportunities for their students to explore and relate to the natural world? This article discusses three learning opportunities in an early childhood associate-degree program that foster connections between preservice and inservice early childhood teachers and nature…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Community Colleges, Teacher Educators
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Cox Suárez, Stephanie – New Educator, 2014
Close listening and observation of children as an alternative assessment is a powerful approach that can help balance an emphasis on standardized measurement. The tool of Reggio-inspired documentation is described for families with suggestions on how to advocate and support teachers who want to tell a story about children's learning that…
Descriptors: Listening, Observation, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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Laughlin, Liana; Turner, Terri – New Educator, 2014
Teachers are often asked to fill out progress reports that include check marks indicating if a child has met certain criteria. While this document offers a superficial glance at knowing a child, it is often the only kind of "assessment" a parent receives. The authors, a daycare teacher and a parent of Rosa, "the mean girl" in…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Caregivers, Child Behavior, Parent Attitudes
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Krechevsky, Mara – New Educator, 2012
In this essay, the author explores the notion that the focus of learning in classrooms and schools extends beyond the learning of individuals to create a collective body of knowledge that is larger than what any one person knows. This idea was examined in a collaboration between Project Zero researchers and educators from the municipal preschools…
Descriptors: Reggio Emilia Approach, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities
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Cook, Jennifer S. – New Educator, 2009
This study examines the experiences of ten first-year English teachers in various school contexts in two Northeastern states. Through a phenomenological approach to in-depth interviewing, teachers were interviewed at the end of their first year of teaching. Commonalities in teachers' experiences include former teachers' influences on their teacher…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, English Teachers, Teaching Experience, Phenomenology