Synopses & Reviews
The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills In the Early Childhood Classroom has the distinction of being selected as a 2003 comprehensive member benefit by the NAEYC, an honor for any author in the field. It is a collection of well-received writings on how to use guidance in early childhood classrooms. The material teaches strategies for developing an encouraging classroom and for working with children, particularly boys, who have moderate and serious conflicts. It also presents non-punitive approaches to classroom management. Those who will find the most value in this compilation of material on guidance are practitioners in the field, including Head Start teachers, childcare teachers and preschool and primary grade teachers and assistants. The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills In the Early Childhood Classroom also will be popular in training programs for staff pursuing Child Developmental Associate credentials and other early childcare training certificates.
"This compilation of writings on approaches to young child guidance will be greatly appreciated by all those who work with young children. It is a valuable aid in understanding and managing childhood behaviors. The valuable guidance concepts presented here have earned the book the honor of being selected as a comprehensive member benefit of the NAEYC for 2003."--BOOK JACKET
The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills In the Early Childhood Classroom gives readers valuable insight into using guidance in the early childhood setting through a collection of popular writings on this timely topic. Taking into consideration the social and emotional development in young children, the book examines such areas as understanding why children behave the way they do and how to use the guidance approach to succeed in teaching acceptable social behaviors. The material discusses the differences between such important concepts as patience and understanding and between misbehavior and mistaken behavior. These concepts provide insight into the importance of developing an encouraging classroom and how that leads to non-punitive strategies for managing the classroom setting. The popular guidance concept of this book attracted the attention of the NAEYC, which has made it a comprehensive member benefit for 2003.
Childcare providers and teachers in preschool and primary grade settings will greatly value the collection of writings in The Power of Guidance: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills In the Early Childhood Classroom. The writings provide a concise yet multi-faceted overview of the guidance approach used with this age group. The book examines the differences between patience and understanding and between misbehavior and mistaken behavior, important distinctions that must be made in order to understand and deal with various behaviors using the guidance approach. Readers also will learn the components of an encouraging classroom and strategies for maintaining it, leading to non-punitive approaches for classroom management. One chapter puts particular focus on intervention strategies with boys, a topic readers often seek out. The book has the distinction of being selected as a comprehensive member benefit for the NAEYC for 2003.
About the Author
Dan Gartrell (Ph.D., University of North Dakota) is Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Director of the Child Development Training Program at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. As a teacher, CDA trainer, and student teaching supervisor, Dr. Gartrell has been working with students in early childhood for more than 30 years. His articles have been published in Young Children and the Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, he has been a presenter at more than 200 workshops, training sessions, and keynote sessions on guidance in early childhood education in eight states, Germany, and Mexico.
Table of Contents
1. Patience or Understanding? 2. Misbehavior or Mistaken Behavior? 3. Beyond Discipline to Guidance 4. The Guidance Premise: Family-Teacher Partnerships 5. Using Guidance to Build an Encouraging Classroom: Beyond Time Out 6. Using Guidance to Maintain an Encouraging Classroom: Four Intervention Alternatives 7. Sustaining the Encouraging Classroom: Class Meetings 8. Guidance with Boys in Early Childhood Classrooms 9. Societal Violence and Guidance: Liberation Teaching 10. Strong Needs Mistaken Behavior: Strategies for Crisis Management and Comprehensive Guidance 11. Using the Booklet, "Developmentally Appropriate Guidance," as a Training Tool