New Resources and Developments

“Gaining Children’s Attention” is Latest Video in Teaching Strategies Series
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3/1/17: In “Gaining Children's Attention,” a preschool teacher describes a simple strategy she uses to help children focus their attention after a period of active play. The video is part of the CECE’s “Teaching Strategies” series, which illustrate strategies teachers and providers use to achieve specific goals.

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“Lining Up on a Number Line” part of new “Teaching Strategies” video series
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2/6/17: In a new series designed to highlight strategies teachers and providers use to achieve specific goals, the CECE has released "Lining Up on a Number Line." The video shows a Head Start teacher using an everyday transition time to reinforce some early math concepts.

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New Video on Setting Rules and Expectations
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1/13/17: A new video in the "Building Supportive Environments for Young Children" series focuses on supporting children’s social and emotional well-being by ensuring children know what to expect and understand what is expected of them. In "Setting Rules and Expectations," teachers, family child care providers, and experts discuss how to determine developmentally appropriate rules for children, and share strategies they use for communicating rules and expectations to children. Strategies for involving young children in creating classroom rules are also shared.

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Plus-Plus Named 2016 TIMPANI Toy
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12/12/16: Plus-Plus, a construction toy, has been named the 2016 TIMPANI Toy. The annual TIMPANI toy study investigates how young children play with a variety of toys in natural preschool settings. The toys are placed in preschool classrooms and scored on subscales of thinking and problem-solving, cooperation and social interaction, creativity and imagination, and verbalization. Student researchers videotape the children playing with the toys using hidden cameras and code the videos according to the study’s evaluation rubric.

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