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“This tool shows how classrooms can differentiate instruction, spend time on what really matters, and make sure that all children are making progress. I love the practical applications for each age level and what teachers can do to support optimal learning in their classrooms. Fantastic!”

—Stephanie Malin, Elementary Instructional Coach

Beaverton School District, OR

“The author has managed to untangle a very complex topic and make it applicable to everyday learning and teaching. The continuous application of research to learning is a strength of the book. A true gift to a broad band of educators.”

—Laura Linde, Literacy Coach

Hoover Elementary School, North Mankato, MN

Finally, a book for early childhood educators that combines child development and brain research!

How can early childhood teachers, administrators, and parents translate discoveries on early brain ...

The Seven-Year-Old Brain
The seven-year-old brain

Enjoy Jordan's smile; his teacher tells me that he is a much happier seven-year-old than he was as a six-year-old. Jordan can be moody and he has some fears, but in general, he is a happy child (Figure 7.1.).

Figure 7.1 Jordan

You see, seven-year-olds worry. Jordan worries that his stomachache may be a serious illness. He is afraid he will be late for school. Many seven-year-olds are afraid of the dark.

Jordan is also a planner. If things go according to schedule, he is much more contented. He meets challenges head on and sticks with them. He has friends, but he prefers dealing with them one at a time. Jordan is independent, yet sensitive to others (Figure 7.2.).

Figure 7.2 Jordan and Friends

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