Spotlight on Young Children: Teaching and Learning in the Primary Grades

Spotlight on Young Children: Teaching and Learning in the Primary Grades

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Overview

Empowering students to be active thinkers and learners

Primary students enter the classroom as capable thinkers with unique experiences, skills, and ideas about the world. Using this new collection of articles, educators can build on that preexisting knowledge to take teaching and learning to the next level. This valuable resource will help you

- Create environments that boost learning and build social relationships among students
- Engage young learners in interpreting complex literature and thinking deeply and meaningfully about math and science
- Support culturally and linguistically diverse children
- Foster strong ties with families

Using the ideas presented here as a foundation, educators can make the most of their time with students by using each interaction as a powerful opportunity to instill confidence, competence, and a love of learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938113208
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Series: Spotlight on Young Children Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 770,274
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.88(h) x (d)

About the Author

Holly Bohart is senior editor in Books and Related Resources at NAEYC. She formerly taught in special education early childhood programs.

Heather Benson Collick is editor in chief of NAEYC's magazine for preschool educators, Teaching Young Children. Before joining NAEYC, Heather worked in a variety of early childhood and elementary education settings.

Kathy Charner is editor in chief of NAEYC’s Books and Related Resources department, with responsibility for the content, management, publication, and general excellence of the books and brochures published by NAEYC. Before joining NAEYC, Kathy was editor in chief at Gryphon House for more than 20 years.

Read an Excerpt

Tapping into students’ experiences and emotions provides opportunities for their input, discussion, and reflections about authentic ideas. When teachers connect content to “authentic, integrated experiences,” using high-quality instruction, learning and engagement increase (Copple & Bredekamp 2009, 43). The articles in this book present some of the key elements needed to take thinking, learning, and partnerships in classroom communities to the next level to create environments where students in grades one, two, and three develop ideas, learn problem-solving skills, and collaborate with others.

Table of Contents

IntroductionLinking the Primary Classroom Environment to Learning
Teachers Connecting With Families—In the Best Interest of ChildrenA Is Burrito and B Is Sloppy Joe: Creating Print-Rich Classroom Environments
The Book Matters! Choosing Complex Narrative Texts to Support Literary Discussion
Meeting the Next Generation Science Standards: Best Practices for Engaged Learning
The Importance of Deep Thought in Mathematics Interactions: Why Focusing on the Answer Is Not the Answer
Investigating the Role of Interactive Technology in a First Grade Classroom
Social Studies From Early Childhood Education to the World
Guiding Children’s Friendship Development
“We’re Many Members, but One Body”: Fostering a Healthy Self-Identity and Agency in African American Boys
Community Explorers: Critical Thinking Strategies for Supporting Dual Language Learners
Lessons Learned From a Teacher Working With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children
Teacher-Made Assessments Show Students’ Growth

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