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Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14

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Written with warmth and humor, Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children's development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed. For each age, this book includes: Narrative description of developmental traits Charts summarizing physica Written with warmth and humor, Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children's development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed. For each age, this book includes: Narrative description of developmental traits Charts summarizing physical, social, language, and cognitive growth patterns Suggestions for curricular areas: reading, writing, mathematics, and thematic units Favorite books for different ages. What's new in the third edition: A new, brief overview of issues in the development of bilingualism and biliteracy among Latino/Hispanic children A new appendix on the "birthday cluster exercise" for applying the information in the book to working with a whole class of students An updated list of recommended children's books An updated list of recommended resources for teachers and parents.


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Written with warmth and humor, Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children's development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed. For each age, this book includes: Narrative description of developmental traits Charts summarizing physica Written with warmth and humor, Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children's development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed. For each age, this book includes: Narrative description of developmental traits Charts summarizing physical, social, language, and cognitive growth patterns Suggestions for curricular areas: reading, writing, mathematics, and thematic units Favorite books for different ages. What's new in the third edition: A new, brief overview of issues in the development of bilingualism and biliteracy among Latino/Hispanic children A new appendix on the "birthday cluster exercise" for applying the information in the book to working with a whole class of students An updated list of recommended children's books An updated list of recommended resources for teachers and parents.

30 review for Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Re-read this for the first time since my student teaching year, specifically the chapters on ages 10-14, which is the age group currently most relevant to me. I've always appreciated how Wood breaks down characteristics of each age into categories relevant to teachers and helpful for organizing thinking about them- cognitive abilities, the socio-emotional work of the age, picking out traits that are developmentally normal and important (read: not about you, teachers and parents!) to the work tha Re-read this for the first time since my student teaching year, specifically the chapters on ages 10-14, which is the age group currently most relevant to me. I've always appreciated how Wood breaks down characteristics of each age into categories relevant to teachers and helpful for organizing thinking about them- cognitive abilities, the socio-emotional work of the age, picking out traits that are developmentally normal and important (read: not about you, teachers and parents!) to the work that kids are doing at that age, the reminders about students' physical needs, etc. I also appreciate his compassionate perspective on these older ages, as well as his recognition of and compassion for the perspective of adults finding it frustrating to deal with the developmental necessities of this age group, however necessary the work is. It's one of the few teaching books I've held onto from that year, and I super think all teachers should read it. It's not a handbook to "all kids this age are this way", and Wood himself says that some students may be developmentally a different age than they are numerically- but it's a general guide to stages that makes things comprehensible.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Very good benchmark for the basics of child development, as we understand it right now. Very helpful in driving instruction and development, and very helpful with how to work up acceptable behavior guidelines.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beth Ernst

    This book provides a general description of developmental milestones, as far as literacy is concerned, grade by grade. There are writing samples at every age, which is helpful in assessing student progress. At the end of each section, the author describes what the child should be doing in reading, writing, etc. as a typical child of that age.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    I love this book, and use it as a constant reference. If something has gone wring in my class, I can typically solve it with this book or The Responsive Classroom, either which way, I know I can fix most things by staying developmentally appropriate and adjusting self to norm with their cognitive development. I used to stick photocopies on the wall, but am thinking of getting the kids to make posters for me, and remind me when I am out of developmental range, train their own metacognition, and p I love this book, and use it as a constant reference. If something has gone wring in my class, I can typically solve it with this book or The Responsive Classroom, either which way, I know I can fix most things by staying developmentally appropriate and adjusting self to norm with their cognitive development. I used to stick photocopies on the wall, but am thinking of getting the kids to make posters for me, and remind me when I am out of developmental range, train their own metacognition, and push them to growth, love Chip.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yzobelle

    Yardsticks: perfect companion for K-12 teachers. This book provides us with what to watch out for in every year that a child grows. As teachers, it is good to be always reminded that our children are real – not objects that can be forced to fit into a box. Each child is unique! But thank nature for giving commonalities in every stage of human development. Otherwise, our classrooms would be chaotic ten times over! This book gives us a sneak peek of how children usually are in every stage of their Yardsticks: perfect companion for K-12 teachers. This book provides us with what to watch out for in every year that a child grows. As teachers, it is good to be always reminded that our children are real – not objects that can be forced to fit into a box. Each child is unique! But thank nature for giving commonalities in every stage of human development. Otherwise, our classrooms would be chaotic ten times over! This book gives us a sneak peek of how children usually are in every stage of their schooling. I’d recommend that teachers in K-12 levels take time to read this and be once more enlightened by the innate strengths and limitations of children that we sometimes miss out. Though this is an academic reference book, the way of writing didn’t make it sound like it is. I loved the funny anecdotes the author injected in every stage. I read it as if I was reading one of the novels which I sooo wish I could grab time to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ryburn

    Useful, accessible resource that proved invaluable in preparing a recent presentation on early adolescent development. Wood's exposition of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental markers has me thinking, a lot, about what a developmentally appropriate school really would look like. Useful, accessible resource that proved invaluable in preparing a recent presentation on early adolescent development. Wood's exposition of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental markers has me thinking, a lot, about what a developmentally appropriate school really would look like.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    Super helpful book for understanding school-age children's behavior within a developmental framework. VERY user-friendly. Takes just a moment to look up a behavior and reach the "aha" moment. Super helpful book for understanding school-age children's behavior within a developmental framework. VERY user-friendly. Takes just a moment to look up a behavior and reach the "aha" moment.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mleander23

    Excellent book that focuses on students learning development as they age. Nicely written and bullet points highlight key areas.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Colleen E

    This book is a classic and a must-read for every elementary teacher, curriculum consultants, reading and math specialists, directors, principals, and administrators. The best part is it is organized really well, EASY to read, with bullet points and side titles, in order to best grasp quickly in the moment, and to refer back to later. The table of contents and chapters are organized by broader guidelines, then one chapter for each age group from 4 years, 5 years, etc., up to 14 years. It's compre This book is a classic and a must-read for every elementary teacher, curriculum consultants, reading and math specialists, directors, principals, and administrators. The best part is it is organized really well, EASY to read, with bullet points and side titles, in order to best grasp quickly in the moment, and to refer back to later. The table of contents and chapters are organized by broader guidelines, then one chapter for each age group from 4 years, 5 years, etc., up to 14 years. It's comprehensive and to the point, so when planning curriculum or preparing for a meeting, you go to only the section or sections you need to visit. BRAVO Chip Wood.

  10. 5 out of 5

    R C

    I will continue coming back to this book. I love the anecdotal, descriptive and bullet point components of this book. It's a helpful, easy reference to better understand children and where they are in their development. I wish there was a little more depth into the social characteristics of each stage, but otherwise I really find it to be an excellent resource. I will continue coming back to this book. I love the anecdotal, descriptive and bullet point components of this book. It's a helpful, easy reference to better understand children and where they are in their development. I wish there was a little more depth into the social characteristics of each stage, but otherwise I really find it to be an excellent resource.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Purchased and read in preparation for the National Boards component 1 exam. I found it to be an easy read; offering clear and insightful looks at the development of children ages 4 to 14. I would recommend this book to anyone, educator or parent, who is interested in or needs a review of childhood development.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Foran

    Yardsticks is somewhere between harmless and vaguely helpful. It's a little bit like reading astrological signs of elementary schoolers. It seems right-ish, but also very general. According to the Introduction, the research that supports this book is "observations," plus research that confirms many teachers agree with this book. It's not based on real child development research. Yardsticks is somewhere between harmless and vaguely helpful. It's a little bit like reading astrological signs of elementary schoolers. It seems right-ish, but also very general. According to the Introduction, the research that supports this book is "observations," plus research that confirms many teachers agree with this book. It's not based on real child development research.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good for parents, but better for teachers. Tells you what to expect from each year and what the child needs. Teachers should read their grades (ages) several times each school year. It will remind them what to expect. Some students always seem lower or higher than their grade. School boards, politicians, and administrators should read this to see what is best for students.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    A user friendly guidebook on developmental appropriateness from pre-K to high school. Great to keep in the classroom as a reference resource to see whether your child/students are developing appropriately!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim Bevier

    A very handy guide that expectations for varying age levels in the classroom. Love the distinctions between critical ages - 12, 13, 14 especially! Extremely helpful for me to understand as I get ready to teach middle schoolers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Tharp

    I would recommend this for parents, teachers, anyone who works with kids in this age group. This book is organized by age. It offers quick, easy to understand, and applicable knowledge for the development at each level.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chancela

    Solid information for knowing where the "average" child should fall developmentally. This helped me with my own family. Solid information for knowing where the "average" child should fall developmentally. This helped me with my own family.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Loeffler

    Important for all elementary educators to read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Great resource to keep in mind student development.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Antoneta Gjolaj

    Great resource for teachers and parents.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael DeCaprio

    Was initial sky put off by the generalizations. But anecdotally I found it accurate. I suppose if you know nothing about children, this is a place to start.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    Great resource. Accurate, concise, easy-to-use.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zoey

    Very easy to read. Good info in a nicely chunked format.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Really important read for educators!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Stephens

    I've been rereading this book for years - always good as a refresher. I've been rereading this book for years - always good as a refresher.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Stacy

    Excellent guide for quickly looking at children's or student's developmental capabilities. Great for teachers or parents, anyone who works or lives with children. Excellent guide for quickly looking at children's or student's developmental capabilities. Great for teachers or parents, anyone who works or lives with children.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Harriette

    Not meant to be a cover-to-cover read, it gives valuable insights about the developmental abilities and needs of children age 4 to 14. Helpful for teachers and parents.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This book was suggested by Ben's teacher and it seemed like just the resource I've been searching for: a book discussing developmental milestones for each age. The book is targeted at classroom teachers to help them understand and work with kids where they are at. That said, there are nice charts for each age outlining "normal" behaviors, moods, skills, interests, etc. I only gave it three stars, however, because I didn't "find" either my six or eight year old in the book. I didn't walk away wit This book was suggested by Ben's teacher and it seemed like just the resource I've been searching for: a book discussing developmental milestones for each age. The book is targeted at classroom teachers to help them understand and work with kids where they are at. That said, there are nice charts for each age outlining "normal" behaviors, moods, skills, interests, etc. I only gave it three stars, however, because I didn't "find" either my six or eight year old in the book. I didn't walk away with new insight into the minds of my children. I read the chapters for 6 and 8 and skimmed (or skipped) the rest.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Easy to use quick reference manual which is very helpful when subbing for different grade levels. Also helped me understand and plan better for multi-age classes. For example, there is a major improvement in manual dexterity around age 10 which is about 5th grade. This was critical to understand when planning math design lessons which expected 3-8th graders to use protractors and compasses. This is also the reason younger students need larger lined paper or larger grids to work with. It is not a Easy to use quick reference manual which is very helpful when subbing for different grade levels. Also helped me understand and plan better for multi-age classes. For example, there is a major improvement in manual dexterity around age 10 which is about 5th grade. This was critical to understand when planning math design lessons which expected 3-8th graders to use protractors and compasses. This is also the reason younger students need larger lined paper or larger grids to work with. It is not always an understanding issue that hinders students but sometimes a physical developmental hinderance which will come naturally with age.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Coulson

    This was recommended to me by my daughters kindergarten teacher. Best, let me repeat, BEST, book about developmental ages and stages. It is very easy to read, pointing out the different characteristics of kids from age to age in an almost bullet point format. Take the advice with a grain of salt, for they are generalizations, but I am honestly saying it helped me understand that some of the things I worried about were just normal developmental things. If all parents read this, we'd raise better This was recommended to me by my daughters kindergarten teacher. Best, let me repeat, BEST, book about developmental ages and stages. It is very easy to read, pointing out the different characteristics of kids from age to age in an almost bullet point format. Take the advice with a grain of salt, for they are generalizations, but I am honestly saying it helped me understand that some of the things I worried about were just normal developmental things. If all parents read this, we'd raise better kids.

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