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Early Childhood / Professional Development COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Enhance the quality of your teaching with collaborative, critical , and reflective thinking This workbook is designed to be used with a group—a community of practice—but it can also be a self-study tool. The exercises help you understand and practice the key elements of reflective teaching. Ten study sessions provide opportunities to collaborate with peers as you connect theory and best practices in your classrooms. These experiences will help you • Evaluate and improve your reflective teaching skills • Use the Thinking Lens ™ protocol to align your daily work with your larger goals, values, and vision • Gain a heightened sense of self-awareness and a stronger image of children • Examine the details of your environment • Challenge yourself with new perspectives Deb Curtis and Margie Carter founded Harvest Resources Associates in 1994 as a partnership to inspire early childhood providers and educators to invest fully in their own professional learning. Together, they have written seven Redleaf Press books. This is the first book they have coauthored with Debbie Lebo and Wendy C. M. Cividanes, senior associates at Harvest Resources Associates. Deb, Debbie, Wendy, and Margie each have over thirty years of experience teaching young children and adults. They have led professional development initiatives for both large and small organizations, and they each hold a master’s degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College. Early childhood professionals will find this workbook to be a valuable tool for approaching their work and strengthening their collaborative and reflective teaching skills. ISBN 978-1-60554-148-8 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL $19.95 Teaching young children is complex work. While you manage the day-to-day events that unfold in your classroom, you also have to keep up with the demands of assessment and documentation. With all of these challenges, how can you maintain the equally important tasks of encouraging children’s curiosity and supporting their joy of learning? How can you sustain your own curious mind and joyful spirit in your work? Reflecting with other teachers in a community of practice can strengthen your ability to respond to the children in your classroom and share meaningful experiences with them.