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The Insightful Teacher

by Nancy Bruski
ITEM #: 4110010

Emphasizing essential interpersonal skills that should be developed in early childhood, this guide offers a holistic approach to developing classroom communities in which each child feels recognized, appreciated, and able to contribute. Taking into account a teacher's goals, values, strengths, and weaknesses, guidance is offered for adjusting and planning for developmentally appropriate expectations, classroom organization, and communication with families. Filled with concrete examples and effective approaches to common classroom problems, this detailed handbook provides positive strategies for handling unwanted behavioral challenges. By individualizing the needs of each student using the methods espoused in this handbook, educators will cultivate a supportive classroom setting based on emotional expression and conflict resolution.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: The Insightful Teacher
  • Chapter Two: Defining Developmentally appropriate Expectations
  • Chapter Three: Creating the Classroom Environment
  • Chapter Four: Connecting with Families
  • Chapter Five: Supporting Development of Social-Emotional Skills
  • Chapter Six: Redefining Fairness and Focusing on Goals
  • Chapter Seven: Individualizing Interventions
  • Chapter Eight: Putting It All Together
  • Appendix
  • Resources
  • Index

About the Author

Nancy Bruski is a licensed clinical social worker with more than thirty years' experience in working with families and young children. She is a teacher trainer, parent educator, and early childhood consultant. She is also an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois, and she serves on the Early Childhood Committee of the Illinois Children's Mental Health partnership. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

ISBN: 978-0-87659-323-3