What is it?
Teachers with a high regard for children’s perspectives intentionally and consistently place an emphasis on children’s interests, motivations, and points of view. In classrooms high on this dimension, teachers promote children’s independence by providing meaningful roles for them within the classroom, encouraging them to talk, listening to their ideas, and allowing them to make decisions for themselves when appropriate.
Few moments are more exciting for young children than realizing that they can do something on their own. By looking for opportunities to facilitate these moments and actively seeking out children’s thoughts and ideas, teachers increase children’s motivation and desire to learn.
Click the links below to access multiple resources specifically related to the Regard for Student Perspectives dimension made available from the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) and other sources.