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Middle Childhood
During middle childhood - the period between ages 6 and 12 - children reach many critical milestones. In fact, teacher and caregiver responses during this time of significant change can dramatically affect a child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth, both immediately and in the future. At this stage, children…
Self Identity & Sex Role Development: Significant Areas of Development
Part of the Series: Significant Areas of Development
From the time a child is first capable of self-realization, he or she begins to ask, "Who am I?" The development of self-identity begins in infancy, and by middle childhood a sense of self is well-established. Viewers will see children at play and witness how they interact with their peers…
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Legacy
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Born more than 25 years before Piaget or Vygotsky, Maria Montessori understood the constructivistic nature of all learning. As she observed children building their understanding of the world, she developed materials and approaches to education that are now used, in part, in most early childhood classrooms across the world. She…
Curriculum: Guidance and Discipline
Part of the Series: Guidance and Discipline
Teachers accept children of all backgrounds into their classrooms, and they're delighted to do so. However, sometimes it might seem as if there just isn't any way to give all these kids what they need to excel. But don't despair! In fact, it is possible to design a curriculum which…
Vygotsky’s Developmental Theory - An Introduction
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
The work of Lev Vygotsky is increasingly cited as we reconsider the theory and practice of constructivist education. This program introduces the life, vocabulary and concepts of Lev Vygotsky. The video illustrates four basic concepts integral to his work: Children construct knowledge, learning can lead development, development cannot be separated…
A Child's Mind: How Kids Learn Right & Wrong
How do people develop morals? What helps children distinguish right from wrong? Explore the topic of moral development and how it impacts children's behavior. Examine the approaches of development theorists and learn about Theory of Mind. Hear children's reactions to situations that challenge their morals. Expert interviews help explain how…
Teaching the Traumatized Child
Part of the Series: The Traumatized Child
This program combines guidance from therapists with the real-world insights of classroom teachers and former foster children. Topics Traumatized children's behavior at different ages Escalation and de-escalation Bullying of traumatized children Structure and rules for traumatized children Flexibility and trust Friends and socialization Value of team approach with traumatized children…
Stepping Up with Literacy Stations
Stepping Up with Literacy Stations provides teachers in third grade and up a way to tap into the energy and excitement of this innovative management and learning system. This video takes viewers into diverse third and fifth grade classrooms, where Debbie Diller coaches and guides children and their teachers through…
Two Year Olds Outdoors: Play, learning and development
What is it that really motivates two year olds? How do they learn best and how can we help them achieve their full potential? Through observing what children are interested in at this stage of their lives this film gives real insight into why spending time outdoors is essential for…
Bringing Reading to Life
Readers in grades 3-6 present unique challenges and opportunities for teachers. Many intermediate readers can decode text well, but few have the skills required for the thick textbooks and complex literature they will encounter in the middle grades and beyond. Teachers need to guide students as they develop sophisticated strategies…
Scaffolding Self-Regulated Learning in Primary Classrooms
Part of the Series: Constructivism
Building on the ideas of Lev Vygotsky and Jerome Bruner, the consultants for this film worked with teachers in urban schools to foster self-regulated learning. This production presents both the theoretical underpinnings of their work and its results. Viewers visit busy classrooms where students are being helped to take responsibility…
The Power of Physical Play: Development and Effective Learning
How does physical play develop and motivate children to acquire effective learning strategies? The Power of Physical Play examines exactly how this type of play supports physical development from birth to seven-years-old. It also shows how physical play has such an important role in a child's ability to become an…