Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies are brief videos that focus on one, specific strategy utilized by an early childhood teacher or provider to meet an objective. Some illustrate a specific teaching behavior or interaction with children; others may show how a teacher or provider planned a transition or an environmental modification to meet children’s needs or elicit new or different behaviors or learning. The videos are designed to give viewers ideas for implementing a new strategy.

Child holds up $5 bill as another child cuts out play moneyBuilding Children's Background Knowledge: Using Money in Dramatic Play (2:06)

Preschool teacher Karla Alamo describes how she helped children acquire the background knowledge they needed to fully participate in the classroom's new dramatic play center.
Visual Schedule6 300x202Using a Visual Schedule (1:57)

Preschool teacher Patricia Lee describes how she uses a visual schedule to help children know what to expect throughout the day. Young children can refer to the pictures on the schedule independently to see what comes next, which can help them to regulate their own behavior.
Initiating Activities 300x202Initiating Activities (1:47)

Head Start Teacher Ashley Anderson demonstrates how she introduces children to the materials they will encounter in learning centers. In doing so, she gets them thinking about how they might use the materials so they can be more intentional during center time.
Loud vs Quiet Voice 300x202Lowering Your Voice (1:42)

When several children are speaking at once, it can be tempting for teachers to raise their voices in order to be heard. In this video, preschool teacher Yotisse Williams describes an alternative strategy he uses to improve children’s listening skills and focus their attention on what he is trying to communicate.
Gaining Childrens attention 300x202Gaining Children's Attention (1:27)

Preschool teacher Nereida Diaz describes a strategy she uses in her classroom to focus children’s attention, particularly after a period of active play. She puts her hands to her eyes to resemble a pair of glasses and says the phrase, “Hocus Pocus; everybody focus.” The children respond with the same gesture and repeat the word, “focus.”
Creating Rules for the Playground 300x202Creating Rules for the Playground (1:58)

Involving preschool-aged children in creating classroom rules can be a powerful way to help children understand why rules are needed, and to support the development of their self-regulation skills. In this video, public preschool teacher Jennifer Wolff describes how she engaged preschoolers in creating and then practicing new rules for using the slide after noticing some potentially dangerous behaviors on the playground. Jennifer reflects on how understanding the need for safe behavior helps children build community and empathy.
Lining Up on a Number Line 300x202Lining Up on a Number Line (1:45)

Head Start teacher Ashley Anderson describes a strategy she uses to both line the children up when they go outdoors and support their early math skills. She created a number line that corresponds to a list on the door. The children locate their name on the list, then find the corresponding numeral and/or number of dots on the floor and stand on that spot.