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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Promoting Higher-Order Thinking and Language Skills

Find resources to help education staff implement effective teaching practices, including interactions that facilitate concept development.

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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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Math: Number Recognition and Subitizing

Explore number recognition and subitizing in this 15-minute In-service Suite. Discover why this important competency is the foundation of math learning. Find ways to support these skills for children birth to 5.

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Teaching Practices

Last Updated: October 28, 2019