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Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood

Ignite Your Passion for Learning and Improve Outcomes for Young Children


This essential professional development resource provides advice for early childhood teachers who are navigating demands and changes in their careers, helping them see these challenges as growth opportunities. Through in-depth self-assessment and reflection, educators reexamine their teaching philosophies, integrate new knowledge and strategies into their practices, and strengthen the impact of their teaching on students. In the midst of a constantly changing education landscape, teachers will become more intentional in their practices and rediscover their unique purpose and passion for teaching young children. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book.


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ISBN: 978-1-63198-426-6
Audience: Early childhood teachers and providers, instructional coaches, directors, administrators
Trim Size: 7.25" x 9.25"
Page Count: 216
Digital Content: Includes customizable forms from the book.
Praise for the Previous Edition

“A must-read and excellent educator guide about reflection and relationships. The Thinking Teacher gives teachers multiple, concrete resources and support for how to reflect on the complexities of a teaching life. As the authors state: ‘The changes are not just coming at you; they are happening inside you.’”—Tamar Jacobson, Ph.D., author of Don’t Get So Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own

“Offers a valuable guide to new and experienced teachers. As they read and do the exercises, early educators will be able to reflect on their practice, their goals, and their career. This book can be used individually or with a study group of colleagues meeting to share their passion for a profession that is as challenging as it is rewarding. In the end, the children will benefit from their intentional teachers.”—Angèle Sancho Passe, early childhood education consultant and author of Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers

“A careful, complete approach to continuous development of teachers, by teachers. The book speaks directly to teachers, helping them develop and articulate goals, worries, questions, and areas of change. While it is supportive of teachers at any level, it also challenges them to continue to explore and respond, to recognize areas of conflict or complacency, and to stay in touch with other opinions. A wonderful tone, full of examples, while at the same time demanding, clear, and based on research and experience!”—Cindy Ballenger, teacher-researcher, author of Puzzling Moments, Teachable Moments

“Inquiry and reflection are the key to lifelong professional growth as a teacher. They are especially powerful when integrated with organized structures for ongoing dialogue with other adults. This book offers many reasons, stories, and tools to help early childhood educators seeking to promote intentional teaching for themselves and their colleagues.”—Carolyn Pope Edwards, Cather Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“This book aims to support teachers in driving their own professional development. Useful concepts include: knowing your beliefs and values, understanding stages of teacher development and the change process, integrating new knowledge into practice, and advocating for organizational support. The Thinking Teacher is a valuable resource for developing teacher intentionality, professionalism, and leadership.”—Margie Carter, coauthor of Training Teachers: A Harvest of Theory and Practice; The Visionary Director; and Learning Together with Young Children
Teaching and Growing in the Midst of Change: Learn, Practice, Share, and Model
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Related Resources

Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood PLC/Book Study Guide
Strategies and activity ideas to support emotional development in children.
Be prepared to respond to a wide range of potentially tough questions posed by young children.
Finding Your Way Through Conflict: Strategies for Early Childhood Educators
Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior

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