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Supporting Emotional Development

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
Margaret Fuller

In John Bradshaw’s iconic book, Healing the Shame that Binds You, he writes about the importance of supporting children’s emotional development: “Since the earliest period of our life was preverbal, everything depended on emotional interaction. Without someone to reflect our emotions, we had no way of knowing who we were.”

Kay Albrecht, Jennifer Fiechtner, and Margaret Banks, in an article that forms the basis of one of the newest Exchange Reflections, “Supporting Emotional Development,” describe examples of things teachers do to support children’s emotional and social development. An effective teacher:

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