- Learning trajectories help
educators understand the developmental processes that children go through to
master a skill or concept. These trajectories have three components: the goal
(such as mastery of a new concept); the developmental progressions that
children proceed through as they get closer to that goal; and the sequenced
activities that teachers can employ to help students reach the goal.
- Sometimes early childhood
professionals get caught up in false dichotomies—seemingly opposing ideas that
can often be either reconciled or used in tandem. Some false dichotomies in the
realm of instruction include student centered vs. teacher directed; conceptual
vs. practice-based; order of skills vs. understanding.
- For work with infants and
toddlers, educators can use strategies, such as verbally responding to
children’s communication with talk and encouragement, to foster strong early language
environments and support language development.
- Mathematics and science are
generally not taught well to young children and are not typically emphasized in
- Educators must have knowledge of
and emotional development in order to aid young children’s development,
particularly for those who experience chronic
stress and adverse
- Research on the impact of
technology and media on young children’s growth and development is still in its
infancy, but most studies point to the positive power of joint
media engagement, which occurs when children and caregivers use media and
technology to learn together.
- In order to support the early
learning of dual language learners, it is essential to provide comprehensive
early screening of skills related to literacy development to prevent
vulnerabilities from becoming difficulties.
- Assessment can be used in early education settings to support continuous quality improvement, but educators must be trained in the different types and proper roles of assessments.