How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning, Second Edition
Published by: National Association for the Education of Young Ch
Imprint: The National Association for the Education of Youn
In early childhood settings, children and teachers interact all day long. The benefits are enormous when even some of those “everyday” interactions become intentional, purposeful, and culturally responsive—in other words, Powerful Interactions®! With these three steps, you can embed Powerful Interactions in your daily work with children from birth through age 8:
- Step One: Be Present. Pause, tune in to yourself and the moment, and consider how you might need to adjust to create a “just-right” fit with a child.
- Step Two: Connect. To foster trust and confidence, let that child know that you see her; are interested in what she is doing, saying, and thinking; and want to spend time with her..
- Step Three: Extend Learning. Make use of your strong connection with the child to stretch her knowledge, skills, thinking, or language and vocabulary.
With updated content and research, new examples and insights, and questions to guide group study discussions, the new edition of this bestselling classic covers everything you need to understand what Powerful Interactions are, how to make them happen, and why they are so important in increasing children’s learning and your effectiveness as a teacher. Discover how Powerful Interactions—and you—make a difference!
The Power of Teacher–Child Interactions
About this Book
A First Look at Powerful Interactions
What Is a “Powerful Interaction”?
How Do You Turn an Everyday Interaction into a Powerful Interaction?
What’s in It for You?
Step One: Be Present
What Does It Mean to “Be Present”?
Doing a Quick “Me Check”
Getting Started with “Being Present”
Reflect on Your Practice
Step Two: Connect
What Does It Mean to “Connect”?
Seven Strategies for Connecting
Step Three: Extend Learning
What Does It Mean to “Extend Learning”?
Examples of Extending Learning
Ten Strategies for Extending Learning
You Make the Difference!
Energy—Keep Your Cup Filled
Confidence—Watch Yourself in Slow Motion
One Last Word
About the Authors
Can you take a classic book and improve it? That was my question in reading this new edition of Powerful Interactions, and the answer is yes. Research-based and full of compelling examples, it provides opportunity after opportunity for teachers to reflect on and promote joyful Powerful Interactions that extend children’s learning.
—Ellen Galinsky, Author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Skills Every Child Needs ~Ellen Galinsky
Intentionality—one of the most overused and misunderstood words in early childhood education—reclaims its meaning in this clear, simple book about how each interaction with a child can build a path to the confidence and curiosity that children need to become collaborative lifelong learners.
—Joshua Sparrow, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School ~Joshua Sparrow
The continuous study and implementation of Powerful Interactions has had a profound impact on our early childhood laboratory program. We have seen the positive effects in relationship building, respectful interactions, and enriched learning experiences. The children, families, teachers, and college student assistants enthusiastically embrace the beautiful content of this book. It serves as quality professional and personal development for all.
—Beth Huber, Director, East Tennessee University Little Buccaneers Early Childhood Laboratory Program ~Beth Huber
Mastery of the three basic steps of Powerful Interactions makes teaching young children look both magical and elegant! Within the pivotal instruction of “once your offer to connect has been accepted by the child ” lies the basis for cultivating an authentic, trusting, respectful relationship between teacher and child and, by extension, the family as well. The special features remain key for teaching teams to measure progress and talk about their evidence-based work.
—Jerlean Daniel, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, and Former Executive Director, NAEYC ~Jerlean Daniel
Relationships are at the heart of everything . . . including Powerful Interactions! With a simple framework, the authors help educators be effective and intentional in their interactions with children. This book sets the stage for creating a positive learning environment and building community while laying the foundation for meaningful relationships throughout life.
—Cate Heroman, Early Childhood Consultant and Author, Cate Heroman LLC ~Cate Heroman
This book is a great resource for my district. The first edition has been used in professional development for leaders of our P–3 Initiative and as part of the district’s high school early learning program. It is an easy read for educators as well as a fantastic resource for families.
—Minerva Pardo, Family Engagement Coordinator, West Valley School District ~Minerva Pardo
- Silver, Technical Books category, EXCEL Awards