Teaching Practices

Teaching Practices

Effective, nurturing, and responsive teaching practices and interactions are key for all learning in early childhood settings. They foster trust and emotional security; are communication and language rich; and promote critical thinking and problem-solving. They also support social, emotional, behavioral, and language development; provide supportive feedback for learning; and motivate continued effort. Teaching practices and interactions are responsive to and build on each child’s pattern of development and learning. They can be measured by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) and other adult-child interaction tools. These observations may then be used to support professional development. Teaching practices also include how schedules and routines are carried out, how settings are managed, and how children’s challenging behaviors are addressed.

Framework for Effective Practice

Discover how the House Framework represents essential elements of effective teaching practices, which support children's learning in all program options.

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Education Manager Planning Calendar

This calendar provides an organized approach to guide you through the major tasks associated with education services, including progress in teaching and learning activities across your program.

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Effective Practice Guide: Social and Emotional Development

This guide provides information about domain-specific teaching practices that support children’s development. The guide shows what these practices look like in early learning settings.

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Connecting Research to Practice

Research Notes and Connecting at Home is a series of briefs that provide an accessible and usable overview of research on topics related to early learning and child development. They include resources for families.

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Teaching Practices

Last Updated: February 26, 2019