Features and Benefits

Text features and benefits include:

Up-to-date coverage that integrates 14 themes that are critical to early childhood education today:

  • Critical themes covered include the importance of all children’s language and literacy development and competence; teaching children who may need help with English language learning; teaching in increasingly diverse classrooms; applying developmentally appropriate practices; closing the achievement gap; integrating special education and early childhood education services; teaching in inclusive classrooms; closing school readiness gaps; the expanding role of preschool education; meeting the challenges of teacher accountability; integrating STEAM subjects into the curriculum; providing for children’s mental health; using technology to support learners; and developing as a professional.

  • UPDATED: An expanded discussion of teaching with standards–including state standards, Common Core State Standards, and professional organization standards that incorporate state preschool and infant/toddler guidelines and frameworks–demystifies the how and what of teaching with standards. New information includes the Head Start Early Outcomes Framework Ages Birth to 5 and a discussion of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). (See Chapter 8.)

  • UPDATED: Expanded diversity coverage emphasizes how students can respond to the diverse populations found in American classrooms today, including examples of how to meet children’s needs through accommodations, differentiated instruction, and culturally respectful practices. Chapter 15 contains new examples of practices to use when teaching bilingual children.  

  • UPDATED: An enhanced emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices and the development of children in kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, and 3. (See Chapters 11 and 12.)  

  • UPDATED: An expanded discussion of the integration of technology in teaching and learning provides many updated examples, and a revised 5E lesson plan specifically designed around teaching with technology.

  • UPDATED: Emphasizes the professional goals and responsibilities of early childhood teachers today. With its focus on empowering every student to immediately identify as an early childhood professional and learn the skills necessary for being a professional, all 17 chapters highlight which of the NAEYC Early Childhood Standards for Professional Preparation are emphasized and covered in that particular chapter.

Strong pedagogy that reinforces learning and encourages application:

  • Chapter-opening learning outcomes clarify exactly what readers will learn in the chapter and align with the major text sections of the chapter.

  • NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards are included in each chapter.

  • Chapter-ending Activities for Professional Development help students apply information:

    • Ethical Dilemmas in each chapter that are based on issues and real-life situations faced by early childhood teachers today. The Ethical Dilemmas help readers build a better understanding of what it means to think like a professional and to respond appropriately in complicated and potentially compromising situations.

    • Activities to Apply What You have Learned which revisit the chapter-opening learning outcomes. One activity per learning outcome helps students assess content knowledge and/or apply their understanding.

Features contributed by early childhood educators that demonstrate authentic developmentally appropriate practices from around the country:

  • Voice from the Field features enable readers to learn about practicing teachers’ philosophies, beliefs, and program practices. Among the contributors are professionals who are Teachers of the Year, have received prestigious awards, and have National Board Certification. Four new Voice from the Field features keep readers abreast of the latest in classroom practices:

    • NEW: Chapter 2: Closing the Achievement Gap

    • NEW: Chapter 4: Building the Dream Again

    • NEW: Chapter 9: Follow the CAR

    • NEW: Chapter 11: Supporting English Learners  

  • Voice from the Field: Competency Builder features  build competence and confidence in performing essential teaching tasks, step-by-step. New to this edition: Chapter 5: Voice from the Field: Competency Builder: How to Use the ABA Approach in a Regular Early Childhood Setting.

  • Lesson Plans, found in chapters 9-13, follow the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and enable readers to look over the shoulder of  award-winning teachers and observe how they plan for instruction.

  • UPDATED: Teachers’ authentic comments about children’s artifacts illustrate what state standards were achieved and the basis for assessment. Chapter 3 includes nine new children’s authentic classroom artifacts (as portfolio examples) that illustrate how children from age 3 to 8 demonstrate their knowledge and skills specified in state standards.

  • Portraits of Children features that illustrate real children and early childhood settings in action. Found in chapters 9-12, Portraits of Children are designed to ensure that readers consider children as individuals by presenting authentic portraits of real children from all cultures and backgrounds, enrolled in real childcare, preschool, and primary-grade programs across the U.S. Each portrait includes developmental information across four domains: social-emotional, cognitive, motor, and adaptive (daily living). Accompanying questions challenge readers to think and reflect about providing for these children’s educational and social needs.

An enhanced and expanded focus on practical and applied instructional strategies that are essential to applying knowledge to professional practice:

  • Implications for Teaching headings in every chapter specifically outline and identify what teachers can do in their classrooms to help children learn and grow.

  • UPDATED: Chapter 1: How to Complete a Professional Portfolio

  • Useful figures, tables, checklists, activity plans, assessment activities, and examples outline important pedagogical content and provide tips for assessing children’s learning today.

    • UPDATED: Activity plan to build a curriculum that promotes relationships and responds to children’s needs and interests, Chapter 9: How to Plan a Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers Competency Builder.

    • NEW: Activity plan for preschoolers, Chapter 10: Activity Planning in the Preschool - Planning and Teaching.

    • NEW: Observation and Assessment feature, Chapter 3: How to Create Children’s Digital Portfolios.

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  • Integrated within the narrative, interactives and videos empower students to engage with concepts and take an active role in learning. Theunique presentation of media as an intrinsic part of course content brings the hallmark features of Savvas' bestselling titles to life. The media interactives have been designed to be completed quickly, and its videos are brief, so students stay focused and on task. (For example, see the video-based exercise Observe and Analyze 5.2: Teacher-Child Interactions in Chapter 5.)

  • Located throughout Revel, quizzing affords students opportunities to check their understanding at regular intervals before moving on. (For examples, see the Check Your Understanding quizzes at the end of every major chapter section, such as Check Your Understanding 5.2, which poses questions about Vygotsky's learning theories, covered in Chapter 5.)

  • The writing functionality enables educators to integrate writing–among the best ways to foster and assess critical thinking–into the course without significantly impacting their grading burden. Self-paced short-answer questions throughout the narrative encourage students to express their thoughts without breaking stride in their reading. (For example, see Reflect and Apply 5.2: Bronfenbrenner's Theory at Work in Chapter 5.)

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  • Highlighting, note taking, and a glossary let students read and study however they like. Educators can add notes for students, too, including reminders or study tips. See also Flash Cards at the end of each chapter.  

Superior assignability and tracking tools help educators make sure students are completing their reading and understanding core concepts.

  • The assignment calendar allows educators to indicate precisely which readings must be completed on which dates. This clear, detailed schedule helps students stay on task by eliminating any ambiguity as to which material will be covered during each class. When they understand exactly what is expected of them, students are better motivated to keep up.

  • The performance dashboard empowers educators to monitor class assignment completion as well as individual student achievement. Actionable information, such as points earned on quizzes and tests and time on task, helps educators intersect with their students in meaningful ways. For example, the trending column reveals whether students' grades are improving or declining, helping educators to identify students who might need help to stay on track.

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