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This Think Tank looks at teaching language to early learners, learners at an age where some of the most fantastic things are happening in the brain and yet these processes are little known to most educators. The Main video gives a comprehensive view of brain development in the first few years, while the Lite video offers tips for teaching English to children. Mohammad Khari summarizes these videos and pulls some of the key points out of each.
Brain expert Julia Volkman starts the Think Tank off with the Montessori approach to teaching language, and Curtis Kelly discusses the role early childhood education plays in developing character. Then, we turn to practitioners for rules of thumb they have developed for teaching children. After that, Robert S. Murphy informs us about the benefits of verbal interaction with children that he learned from Harvard’s Catherine Snow, and Skye Playsted relates how a young student with learning difficulties led her to Barbara Arrowsmith-Young’s work. Ai Murphy closes the Think Tank off with a brain-based lesson on healthy eating for children.
In the Plus, we have a story from Tim Murphey about a security guard full of heart.