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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 Eight-Year-Old Brain
The eight-year-old brain

Say hello to Alayna (Figure 8.1.). When the going gets tough, eight-year-olds get going. They are just as pleasant as they were at seven, and now we find them even more outgoing. In fact, “exuberant” describes Alayna best.

Figure 8.1 Alayna

Like other eight-year-olds, Alayna likes to evaluate. The one she judges most is herself. She adores her mother and father and often sits in on or accidentally overhears their conversations. She is waiting to hear what is said about her. She hopes to hear praise, but she is also old enough to realize that her parents have their own lives and may not spend time discussing her.

Alayna's feelings are easily hurt, but in general, she feels pretty good about herself. ...

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