Susan Stacey has worked in the early childhood education field for over thirty-five years as an early childhood educator, director, practicum advisor, and instructor in both Canada and the United States. She is a frequent speaker across North America.
Susan Stacey: Susan Stacy has worked in the early childhood education field for over 35 years as an early childhood educator, director, practicum advisor, and instructor in both Canada and the US. She is a frequent speaker across North America, focusing on topics related to emergent curriculum, reflective and responsive practices, inquiry, documentation, and the role of the arts in early education. She also teaches adult students at the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, and she belongs to several organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Canadian Childcare Federation. She presents at NAEYC conferences and has been published in Young Children, Young Exceptional Children, and Exchange. Susan holds a master's degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA.
Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are popular presenters at early childhood conferences, professional development speakers, and on-site consultants. They have written several books together, including Learning Together with Young Children and Designs for Living and Learning.
Book Features:Shows teachers how to incorporate the body’s micro-actions in their teaching.Presents “mindfulness” techniques, the leading edge in psychotherapy.Includes scenarios that show the impact words have on children.Explains the relation between up-to-the-minute brain research and the techniques presented.Unpacks the effectiveness of the Reggio Approach to teaching.
“Whether you have never stepped into a classroom as a teacher, or whether (like me) you have taught various subjects at various ages for decades, you cannot fail to learn from this book.”
—From the Foreword by Howard Gardner, professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
“With her eight essential techniques, Lewin clearly and beautifully captures the essence of the decisionmaking dynamics from which effective teaching and learning environments emerge.”
—Carol Brunson Day, Board President 2014–2016, NAEYC
Through a series of ethnographic events and engagement with existing ideas of relationality in the visual arts, feminist ethics, science studies, philosophy, and anthropology, Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education highlights how materials can be conceptualized as active participants in early childhood education and generators of human insight. A variety of examples show how educators, young children, and researchers have engaged in thinking with materials in early years classrooms and explore what materials are capable of in their encounters with other materials and with children.
Please visit the companion website at www.encounterswithmaterials.com for additional features, including interviews with the authors and the teachers featured in the book, videos and photographs of the classroom narratives described in these pages, and an ongoing blog of the authors’ ethnographic notes.
Sharon Woodward is the author of several resources for family child-care providers and holds a degree in social work.