Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning (Paperback)

Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning By Amy Laura Dombro, Judy Jabion, Charlotte Stetson Cover Image
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In early childhood settings, children and teachers interact all day long. The benefits to everyone--teachers and children--will be huge if just some of those "everyday" interactions can become intentional and purposeful Powerful Interactions In extending a child's learning hand-in-hand with nurturing a positive relationship, a Powerful Interaction creates the optimal condition for you to teach and the child to learn. - In step one of a Powerful Interaction, Be Present, you pause to tune in to how you are feeling, and consider how you might need to adjust to create a "just-right" fit with a child. - In step two, Connect, you let that child know that you see him; are interested in what he is doing, saying, and thinking; and want to spend time with him. Deepening your relationship this way helps the child feel safe, confident, and open to learning. Staying connected and observant helps you make good decisions in step three. - In step three, Extend Learning, you make use of your strong connection with the child to stretch his knowledge, skills, thinking, or language and vocabulary just a bit. This reflective guide contains everything you need to understand what Powerful Interactions are, how to make them happen, and why they are so important in increasing children's learning and your effectiveness as a teacher. Whether you work in a child care center or home, Early Head Start or Head Start program, preschool or early primary classroom, you make a difference in the lives of children and families--and Powerful Interactions can make that difference even bigger.

About the Author

Amy Laura Dombro, M.S., creates resources for teachers, family support professionals, and community leaders. Former head of the Bank Street Infant and Family Center, Amy works with and for national organizations to translate complex information so that it is engaging and easy to use. In addition, she often documents stories of successes, challenges, and lessons learned so that readers can benefit from the experiences of others. Her publications include The Power of Observation; Smart Start in Action; and Honoring Our Babies and Toddlers, a guide for caring professionals working with military families. Judy Jablon, M.S., is an educator and author with more than 30 years of experience in early childhood and primary education. Originally a teacher, Judy is grounded in theory and practice that emphasize child development, observation, critical thinking, and experiential learning. Judy provides facilitation, leadership coaching, and training to a wide range of educational institutions and agencies. She has coauthored numerous publications, including Observation: The Key to Responsive Teaching, The Power of Observation, and The Work Sampling System. Charlotte Stetson, M.Ed., brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher of young children to her current work as a consultant and author. She has worked with early childhood teachers, coaches, and administrators in a wide variety of settings to implement best practices in the areas of classroom environment, curriculum content, teacher-child interactions, and observation-based assessment. She is a coauthor of Observation: The Key to Responsive Teaching; Winning Ways to Learn; The Creative Curriculum Study Starters; and the DVD The Creative Curriculum in Action!

Product Details
ISBN: 9781928896722
ISBN-10: 1928896723
Publisher: National Association for the Education of You
Publication Date: December 29th, 2011
Pages: 160
Language: English