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Creating Positive Interactions & Relationships in Education - Chapter Summary
Students' families and the local community play an integral role in children's ability to learn successfully. In this chapter, you'll review ways to create and maintain effective relationships with students' families and strategies for incorporating different family systems into your teaching. You'll explore:
- Family systems
- Communicating and working with students' families
- Divorce, blended families and family violence
- Shifts in family patterns
- Individualized Family Service Plans
- Utilizing services to help students
- Incorporating the community into education
- Collaborating with other professionals
We believe learning should be efficient and enjoyable. Our instructors have created short videos that are included with some lessons, and engaging text with others. You can take self-assessment quizzes as you make your way through the chapter to test your knowledge of the material.
1. Strategies for Working with Families of Students
From the first day of school, it becomes clear that each student enters the classroom with a unique worldview, generally instilled in them by their family. In this lesson, we'll discuss some general strategies for bringing students' families into the educational conversation.
2. Communicating Effectively with Students' Families
Parents are essential partners in educating children. How can teachers build meaningful relationships with them to ensure effective communication? This lesson gives strategies to make parents part of the educational team.
3. Family Systems: Definition and Types
Families come in all shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll examine what makes a family, as well as some common types of families, including nuclear, matrifocal, extended, and blended families.
4. Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence
The following lesson covers some of the more challenging issues a growing number of families are currently facing, including divorce, blending of families, and abuse. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
5. Issues with Changing Family Patterns
Families have changed a great deal over time. In this lesson, we'll look at dual career, single parent, and blended families. We'll consider the unique issues each can present.
6. Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP): Purpose & Goals
Federal laws ensure all children receive a free, equitable education. These laws begin protecting children with special needs at a young age. This lesson describes the Individualized Family Service Plan and the services it offers.
7. Utilizing Related Services to Meet Students' Needs
In this lesson, we will explain the roles of professionals who provide related services for young children and their families. We will also explain strategies for collaborating with colleagues and other professionals to respond to children's needs and to enhance the learning environment.
8. Strategies for Community Involvement in Education
Schools that work with community agencies are often better able to support student success. This lesson gives strategies for building relationships with community agencies and why that's beneficial.
9. Collaboration Among Early Childhood Program Professionals
Many people have roles in early childhood classrooms. As a result, collaboration is a key component of being an early childhood educator. In this lesson, look at the types of people involved in early childhood education and tips for collaboration.
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Other chapters within the NMTA Assessment of Teacher Competency - Early Childhood: Practice & Study Guide course
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- Childhood Relationships, Communication & Social Development
- Childhood Developmental Challenges
- Teaching Strategies for the Whole Child
- Processes, Practices & Differences in Learning
- Positive Learning Environments for Young Children
- Environmental Factors on Learning
- Instructional Planning to Promote Learning
- Handling Diversity & Disabilities in the Classroom
- Structuring & Managing Learning Environments
- Communication as an Educational Tool
- Assessment Strategies for Early Childhood
- The Professional Educator
- Foundations of the Early Childhood Education
- Rights & Responsibilities in the Early Childhood Classroom
- NMTA Assessment of Teacher Competency - Early Childhood Flashcards