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Real classroom makeovers : practical ideas for early childhood classrooms

Author: Rebecca T Isbell; Pamela Evanshen
Publisher: Lewisville, NC : Gryphon House, 2012.
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"Learning environments are an important topic as more and more teachers try to make their classrooms into places that support and inspire learning. Using "before and after" pictures of real early childhood classrooms, Real Classroom Makeovers shows early childhood teachers step-by-step how small changes can transform their classrooms into wondrous environments for young children to learn and grow. With a
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca T Isbell; Pamela Evanshen
ISBN: 9780876593783 0876593783
OCLC Number: 756581625
Description: 156 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Contents: 1. The environment matters: design elements to consider : Beauty in everyday environments ; The impact of light ; Sounds make a difference ; A place for everything, everything in its place ; A secure and supportive environment ; Valuing diversity in the classroom ; Setting up appropriate learning environments --
2. The process of planning for successful change : Creating the vision ; Developing a plan ; Introducing a new feature --
3. Low-cost, big-impact changes : Decluttering ; Small changes ; Teacher's space --
4. Building a sense of community in the classroom : Creating a welcoming and inviting entrance ; Developing a sense of place ; Valuing each member of the community ; Having effective group time ; Learning about and practicing responsibility ; Identifying personal spaces for children ; Providing choices for individual work ; Working in small groups --
5. Real classroom makeovers : The importance of play ; Real classroom makeovers support children's play ; Literacy centers/areas ; Manipulatives/building ; Math and science ; Art and music ; Dramatic play ; Community meeting ; Nurturing environment --
6. Early learning standards and the classroom environment : Early learning standards ; The unique needs of children ; Adapting the environment to all learners --
7. The amazing (and real) classroom makeover adventure : The adventure ; Description of the classroom ; Developing a vision with an initial teacher interview ; The change process ; The first element of design considered ; The next element of design considered ; Teacher interview and reflection on the learning environment ; Art ; Books ; Blocks ; Gathering place ; Home living ; Science ; Writing ; Summary ; Teacher comments after the makeover --
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"Learning environments are an important topic as more and more teachers try to make their classrooms into places that support and inspire learning. Using "before and after" pictures of real early childhood classrooms, Real Classroom Makeovers shows early childhood teachers step-by-step how small changes can transform their classrooms into wondrous environments for young children to learn and grow. With a budget-conscious focus, the book provides visual examples of dramatic changes that are possible in real preschool, Pre-K, and kindergarten classrooms. Most of the makeovers focus on a specific classroom area or learning center. Much more than a collection of before-and-after pictures, this book introduces and describes the philosophy behind creative learning environments based on current early childhood education research. Written in simple, down-to-earth language, this book is accessible for all educators! Rebecca Isbell, PhD, is director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development and a distinguished professor for teaching at East Tennessee State University. A sought-after speaker for early childhood conferences, she has authored several best-selling books for educators. Pamela Evanshen, PhD, holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership and policy analysis and is currently an associate professor and program coordinator for the early childhood program in the Human Development and Learning department at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee"--

"Real Classroom Makeovers shows early childhood teachers step-by-step how small changes can transform their classrooms into wondrous environments for young children to learn and develop. This book introduces and describes the philosophy behind creative learning environments based on current early childhood education research"--Provided by publisher.

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