A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7)

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7)

by Gill Connell, Cheryl McCarthy

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ISBN-13: 9781575424354
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/2013
Edition description: Book with Digital Content
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 210,518
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 7 Years

About the Author

Gill Connell is a globally recognized presenter and child development authority, specializing in the foundations of learning through movement and play. She provides developmental expertise to parents, preschools, schools, and companies such as Hasbro, Inc., based on her more than 30 years in preschool and primary education. She is the former national director of Gymbaroo Preschool Activity Centers and the founder of Moving Smart, Ltd. (movingsmart.co.nz), which offers resources, tools, trainings, and workshops. She coauthored the book Moving to Learn: An Essential Guide for All Parents, Carers and Educators. Gill lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and travels regularly to the United States.

Cheryl McCarthy is a former vice president of intellectual property development for Hasbro, Inc. She is a 30-year veteran of the world of children’s play, specializing in young children’s storytelling and entertainment. As executive producer, she managed the creative development of properties such as My Little Pony, Candy Land, Mr. Potato Head, and many other beloved children’s icons. She is currently the creative director at Moving Smart, Ltd. Cheryl lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Reproducible Forms

Foreword by Marcia Gentry


Chapter 1: Giftedness Defined in Diverse Groups

  • Definition of Gifts and Talents
  • Identifying Giftedness Across Cultural, Linguistic, and Socioeconomic Communities
  • Twice-Exceptional Learners: Gifted Students with Learning or Behavior Challenges
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 2: Using Brain Research to Improve Differentiation

  • Brain Research and Giftedness
  • Putting the Research to Practice
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 3: The Common Core State Standards and Gifted Education

  • How Common Core State Standards Affect Gifted Students
  • Responding to the Common Core
  • Considerations in Reframing Curriculum for Gifted Students
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 4: Defensible Programs and Services

  • General Characteristics of Gifted Elementary Students
  • General Characteristics of Gifted Secondary Students
  • Gifted Programming Models
  • Effective Grouping Practices within Gifted Program Options
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 5: Creating Authentic Honors Courses

  • Articulation: Clearly Defining the Rigors of an Honors Course
  • Differentiating an Honors Course
  • Alignment: Effective Practices in Student Selection
  • Accountability: Continuous Review for Continuous Improvement
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 6: Changing Roles for Educators of Gifted Students

  • Defining the Role of the Teacher
  • Teacher as Mindset Shifter
  • Teacher as Knowledge Guide
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 7: Co-Teaching: A Collaborative Approach to Differentiation

  • The Roles of Classroom Teacher and Gifted Specialist
  • Co-Teaching Strategies for Addressing Learning Differences
  • Co-Planning Lessons for Gifted Learners
  • Chapter Summary
Chapter 8: Understanding and Reversing Underachievement
  • Defining Underachievement
  • Factors That Influence Academic Achievement Potential Risks for Underachievement
  • Reversing Underachievement
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 9: Assessment and the Gifted Learner

  • Types of Assessment
  • Integrating Assessment into Instruction
  • Using Assessment with Gifted Students
  • Assessment That Builds Autonomy
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 10: Leadership

  • Gifted Education Specialist: Administrator or Teacher Leader?
  • Embedding Differentiation for Gifted Learners into Classroom Practice
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Lesson Study
  • Chapter Summary

Chapter 11: Next Steps

References and Resources


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