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Why Letting Children Fail Is Critical to Success

Rae Pica with Liz Willen, Dr. Jim Taylor, Gina Mollicone Long

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Teachers measured by their children's performance often see a child's failure as their failure. So do many parents. "Achieve by any means necessary" is the tacit mantra of our educational system and our culture. But our guests argue that failing is important and that succeeding all the time is at cross purposes with lifelong learning. In our race to the top are we giving children what they need for lifelong learning? Our guests say no.

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Child-Guided Versus Teacher-Directed Instruction: What's the Difference? Why It Matters

Rae Pica with Lisa Guernsey, Ann Epstein, Jerlean Daniel

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This segment explores intentional teaching and finding the balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities. Our guests explain the nuances and implications and share tips for working in a teaching climate that limits child-guided learning.

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Worksheets: Bad? Good? Depends...

Rae Pica with Dr. Jerlean Daniel, Danielle Wood, Dr. Sue Grossman, Dorit Sasson

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Many teachers clamor for worksheets and a lot of parents love them, but respected early childhood professionals say worksheets are an outdated tool and are not developmentally appropriate. However, other experts disagree and worksheets are still broadly being used and distributed to teachers and parents. Our panel of experts joins us to sort through this issue.

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Teaching Strategies:Handling Young Students Who Just Won't Sit Still

Rae Pica with Dr. Christy Isbell, Holly Robinson, Carla Hannaford & Susan Latanzi Roser

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Why won't Johnny just sit still? How can I teach a child who is constantly fidgeting and moving? In this segment our guests examine this problem and share a considerable amount of research challenging the notion that children need to sit still to learn. A new approach is offered along with specific teaching strategies.

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Digital Media: Great Teaching Tool or Big Liability in the Classroom

Rae Pica with Dr. Susan Zelman, Rebecca Randall, Alison Armstrong

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Computers, learning software, gaming, and use of the Internet are tools that are growing in popularity in the early childhood classroom. But is digital media a wonderful asset in early childhood education, a distracting and harmful liability, or somewhere between the two? Our distinguished guests offer some perspective. 

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