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"There is a documented rise in challenging behaviors in classrooms and schools nationwide. We, as educators, are the 'front line.' We need to analyze our interactions with our students and work diligently to provide them with the most appropriate education possible. For our youngest learners, the importance of movement and play cannot be overlooked, minimized, or marginalized.
"I highly recommend this book as required reading for every teacher and preservice teacher (and parents too!) The topics discussed in this book make you take a step back and think about current teaching practices and why we do them."
"I've been impatiently awaiting Rae Pica's new book since I finished her last one! Few people understand children, parents, and educators the way she does. Rae is a passionate advocate, courageous champion, and creative teacher and mentor, with the ability to convey her wisdom both clearly and persuasively. What If We Taught the Way Children Learn? We would have a world in which children and adults collaborate to shape a better tomorrow. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone who cares about what it means to be truly educated."
"Rae Pica’s powerful, thought-provoking book provides rare and uncommon sense. This should be mandatory reading for all new teachers. Our kids would be MUCH better off if we practiced the way that this book suggests we do, and so would the educators around them.”
"Rae Pica’s simple yet powerful statement touched my heart: 'Children really aren’t complicated. All they want and need is you.' Anyone who has worked in an early childhood classroom over the past ten years can tell you that teaching today has become much more complicated, but it shouldn’t be that way and it doesn’t have to be. Rae has brilliantly designed each chapter of her book to clearly identify a specific challenge that is complicating the abilities of early educators to inspire and build on a young child’s natural love for learning.