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Eight Essential Techniques for Teaching with Intention: What Makes Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches Effective

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Eight Essential Techniques for Teaching with Intention: What Makes Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches Effective

In her latest book, bestselling author Ann Lewin-Benham describes eight techniques that foster intentional and reflective classroom practice. She presents over 70 novel exercises to help teachers learn to use body, face, hands, voice, eyes, and word choices to precisely convey meaning. Some exercises are for teachers to practice, while others build intention and reflection in children. Dozens of scenarios from typical classroom situations contrast unintentional and intentional teaching behaviors. A self-assessment enables teachers to measure how intentional and reflective they become as they learn to use the eight techniques. This lively and often humorous resource is a companion to Lewin-Benham's Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood Education, which explains what to teach and why. This new book explains how to teach.

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ISBN-13: 9780807756577
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 06/12/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,273,655
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Howard Gardner ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

The Eight Essential Techniques 2

The Essence of Intentional/Reflective Teaching 2

Why Is This Book Important? 4

Overview of Chapters 6

Author's Motivation 8

1 "What is Intentional Teaching?" 11

Understanding Intention and Reflection 14

Case Study: Making an Unintentional Lesson Intentional 29

Conclusion 32

2 Micro-Actions of Intentional/Reflective Teaching 33

Demeanor and the Intention of Mothers and Actors 34

Intentional Body and Eye Movements 38

Intentional Facial Expressions 49

Conclusion 52

3 The Voice and Hand in Intentional/Reflective Teaching 53

Intentional and Reflective Use of the Voice 53

Using the Hands Intentionally and Reflectively 66

Conclusion 70

4 The Influence of Belief on Teachers 71

Beliefs Induced by Family, Locale, and the Zeitgeist 71

Beliefs Induced by Marketers and Politicians 78

Beliefs Held by Educators 85

Conclusion 86

5 Choosing Words That Speak with Intention 87

Intentional Word Choice 89

Techniques in Mindful Communication 95

Mindfulness in Conversation 101

Conclusion 104

6 Intentionally and Reflectively Connecting Hand/Eye 105

Materials and the Brain 106

Materials and the Hand: 0 to 3 115

Increasingly Complex Materials 123

Conclusion 126

7 Behavior, Intention, and Reflection 127

Behavior and Temperament 128

Cognitive Functions and Behavior 131

Scenarios 136

Conclusion 146

8 Structuring an Intentional/Reflective Classroom 147

Self-Regulated Children 147

Structuring Open Flow Intentionally 151

Conversations and Content 156

Fostering Better Behavior and Increased Cognition 160

Conclusion 165

9 Am I Teaching Intentionally and Reflectively? 166

Technique 1 Observe Yourself Teaching 167

Technique 2 Communicate Precisely 170

Technique 3 Use Language Exuberantly 172

Technique 4 Examine Your Beliefs Honestly 174

Technique 5 Choose Words Strategically 175

Technique 6 Manipulate Materials Purposefully 177

Technique 7 Engage Children's Cognition 180

Technique 8 Structure Motivating Lessons 182

Conclusion 184

References 186

Index 190

About the Author 196

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