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Early Childhood Education / Professional Development Ten simple, yet powerful, steps to assess and improve your teamwork skills is not always easy, but it is necessary as an early childhood professional. When everyone is committed to being part of a strong team, your program will be a more functional, loving place where children thrive. Filled with self-assessments, tips, team building exercises, and reflection questions to optimize your knowledge, this resource will help you work more effectively with your colleagues and be part of a supportive work environment. being a team player Everything in Becoming a Team Player relates exactly to what teachers do. This is an incredibly useful resource. —Kristen M. Waterfield, president, The Malvern School, Pennsylvania Gigi Schweikert has a straightforward way of making us look honestly at ourselves as early childhood professionals. She says it like it is and challenges us to see even the things we hoped no one would notice. The Winning Ways series compels us to examine the profound impact we have on everyone around us— children, certainly, as well as fellow professionals and the children’s parents and families. Everything matters. Everything. But the best thing is that Gigi believes in each of us, that we can change, that we can truly become the early childhood professionals the children need us to be. And that really matters. Becoming a Team Player is a must read for new caregivers interested in joining or leading an early learning team.  —Jeff A. Johnson, family child care provider, keynote speaker, and author of Finding Your Smile Again, Do-It-Yourself Early Learning, Everyday Early Learning, Babies in the Rain, Keeping Your Smile, and Let Them Play —Bonnie Neugebauer, founder and executive editor, Exchange magazine Gigi Schweikert is a popular speaker at early childhood conferences and parenting seminars. She is the author of six books and coauthor of Prime Times: A Handbook for Excellence in Infant and Toddlers Programs. She contributes to early childhood periodicals and journals and also hosted a cable television show, Today’s Family. ISBN 978-1-60554-003-0