The e-clips series provides early childhood professionals with tips and ideas they can implement in their own classrooms. Each e-clip features an expert describing how providers can use the latest research to enhance children’s learning. Interviews with classroom teachers and footage from preschool classrooms illustrate how educators can put theory into practice and capture authentic early childhood classroom experiences. Supplementing each e-clip are suggested readings, additional on-line resources, and discussion questions to support conversations within instructional teams or in staff meetings.

Documenting child drawingDocumenting Children's Learning (10:42)

Documenting how children are learning is an important activity for early childhood professionals to engage in on a regular basis. When adults engage in a variety of documentation practices, it can help them to assess learning, reflect on and adjust their teaching practices, support children to revisit their own learning, communicate with families, and advocate for their program.
Using Math Talk with Preschoolers to Support Learning (5:16)

Research shows that a lot of math learning occurs within the context of classroom play, especially when teachers are talking with children about how to solve problems involving number. When teachers and children engage in regular conversations about quantities, measurement, and size, children gain mathematical and general cognitive skills.
Supporting English Language Learners in the Preschool Classroom (7:24)

Many preschool classrooms now include children whose first language is not English. Early childhood professionals can support children as they develop oral language skills in both their first and second languages.
Encouraging Physical Activity in Preschoolers (8:27)

Physical exercise is critical for preschoolers’ cognitive and physical development. Preschool teachers can incorporate physical activity into the daily routine and involve families in encouraging physical activity at home.
Supporting Children's Individual Needs (7:28)

Early childhood professionals face the continual challenge of planning for the entire classroom while meeting each child’s individual needs. When teachers identify children’s interests, work closely with their instructional team, and partner with families, they can effectively support the learning needs of all children in their classroom.
Observing Young Children (7:20)

Early childhood professionals observe children throughout the day for a variety of purposes. By using both formal and informal observation strategies, professionals can identify children's individual strengths and needs and plan instruction that best meets children's needs.
The Importance of Play (5:20)

Research shows that play has an essential role in children’s learning. Early childhood professionals can enhance children’s make-believe play, social interaction during play, and play complexity to promote development in a variety of domains.

This e-clip is a winner of a 2011 Telly Award.
Involving Families (5:39)

Parents and other close families members are children’s first teachers. When early childhood administrators and teachers provide a variety of opportunities for families to become involved in classrooms and in programs, families gain an understanding of what their children are learning, and they have the ability to extend the learning at home.
Introducing Technology to Young Children (5:18)

When teachers carefully select and introduce children to appropriate software, computers can help young children not only learn new skills, but also make the connection between concrete concepts and more abstract ideas. Preschool teachers have an important role in supporting learning using technology and integrating of computers in the classroom curriculum.
Five Predictors of Early Literacy (6:35)

Early childhood professionals need to know how to support young children’s language and early literacy development. Best practice in early literacy instruction must involve both spontaneous and planned daily activities focused on the areas of literacy learning that best predict children’s future reading and writing development.

This e-clip is a winner of a 2010 Telly Award.
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How to Use e-clips
While many early childhood professionals will view and reflect on ideas presented in e-clips independently, we encourage educators to view e-clips in a group setting, such as in a staff meeting or during classroom planning periods. The videos are designed to support educators in reflecting on their current teaching practices and in imagining possible changes they can make in their classrooms to implement research-based strategies. Faculty teaching early childhood education courses are also encouraged to use e-clips to help students reflect on and discuss teaching strategies.

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