Twelve Best Practices for Early Childhood Education Integrating Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches

ISBN-10: 0807752320

ISBN-13: 9780807752326

Edition: 2011

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Popular author Ann Lewin-Benham draws on her experience with the Reggio Approach to present "12 best practices" inspired not only by Reggio, but also by play-based and Montessori approaches to early childhood education. These practices are demonstrated, one per chapter, with scenarios from classrooms, dialogues of children and teachers, and work samples showing the outcome of using each practice. The resource includes a self-assessment tool to assist you in examining your practices and those of your school.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 6/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Changing Practices
The Book's Content
Breaching the Reggio/U-S. Divide
When Belief Drives Practice
Cultural Context of Reggio Emilia
Reggio's Unique Beliefs and Features
Correlations: Best Practices and the Reggio Approach
The Structure Supporting Reggio Practices
Conclusion: Using Reggio and Other Best Practices
Developing Self-Regulation
Becoming Self-Regulated
The Reggio Approach
Montessori's "Normalizing" Method
A Scripted Kindergarten
Scheduled Early Education
The Model Early Learning Center's Techniques
Conclusion: Self-Regulation�The Basis for Learning
Using Documentation to Gain Parents' Trust
What Is Documentation?
Documentation as a Magnet for Parents
A Project Emerges
Robust Parent Involvement
Panels as Planning for Curriculum
Conclusion: Documentation-A System for Listening
An Open Flow Day
Essential Features of an Open Flow Day
How Open Flow Looks
Moving Toward Open Flow
Conclusion: Differently Organized Days
The Environment Is the Curriculum
When Design Fails to Support Children
Exemplary Features of Reggio Classrooms
Thinking About Design
Developing an Aesthetic Sense
Designing or Redesigning a Classroom
Conclusion: A New Take on Environment
The Art of Meaning-Full Conversation
Defining Conversation
Holding Focused Conversations
Conversation Punctuates a Project
Techniques in the Conversation Tool Kit
The Impact of Focused Conversation
Conclusion: Conversing Toward Literacy
Intentional Teaching
What Is Intention?
Intention in Reggio Teachers
Conclusion: The Teacher's Roles in Action
Materials and Human Development
The "Languages" of Materials
Materials and Brain Development
"Framing" and the Brain's Attention Systems
Triggering Visualization and Imagination
Conclusion: The Romance of Materials
Materials and Relationships
Why Materials Matter
Finding Good Materials
Asking Families to Help
Materials and Cognition
Conclusion: Finding Relationships
Documentation
Walls as Curriculum
Documentation of an Experience
Walls That Encourage Mindful Activity
Documentation at Work
Using Documentation Reflectively
Conclusion: Walls That Intrigue Parents
Assessing Children's Progress
Evaluation
Assessment
Authentic Assessment
Roadblocks to Authentic Assessment
Reconciling Authentic Assessment and Standardized Testing
Effectiveness of Authentic Assessment
Conclusion: "Proof" Is Not Attainable
Significant Project Work
An MELC Story
AReggioStory
The Contrast
Conclusion: Bucking Cultural Imperatives
Excel
Understanding the Acronym EXCEL
Putting Excel to Work
Using Excel to Rate Yourself
Conclusion: Best Practices and Significant Work
Glossary
References
Index
About the Author
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