Know how to teach elementary-aged children? Middle-school or high-school adolescents? Adults? Then you don't know SQUAT about teaching children in the early-childhood years! I'm not talking about just Head Start and center-based preK programs; it's grades K-3 in the public schools as well! Up until children pass throught the age 7-9 threshhold, they are in many ways alien beings, operating on different wave-lengths than older children or adults. No matter what learning standards you want to achieve, if you want to teach young children well, you need to teach them appropriately. HERE are the instructional practices that should be in place across the FULL preK-grade 3 spectrum.
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About the Author
Greg Nelson has devoted most of the past half-century to early childhood education – first as a lead teacher; later as school owner, program director, curriculum designer, and workshop presenter; eventually as a college professor preparing preK-grade 2 public-school teachers; and finally by launching a birth-5 bachelor’s degree program to help the private sector workforce attain professional skills as educators.
Dr. Nelson helped draft his state’s early childhood learning standards; helped develop articulation agreements between his state’s 2-year and 4-year early-childhood preparation programs; collaborated with public-school teachers to create State model curriculum units for early-childhood math and science, and authored two books on how to implement a world-class early childhood mathematics curriculum.
For many years, he served on the Steering Committee of his local NAEYC affiliate, was a member of the advisory to his state’s Department of Early Education and Care, and led his state’s higher ed. Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.
Greg is the father of three grown children. He currently resides with his wife in Raynham, Massachusetts.
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