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What Kind of Teacher are you? A Great...

What kind of teacher are you?

Would you like to be better at what you do?

Are you at a point where you want to change, or can change?

Do you self-reflect and continually change?

What qualities do you possess that make you the kind of teacher you would want your child to have, or your grandchildren to have? 

As I taught, I would think of my nieces and nephews and what kind of person I would want for them to have as a teacher.  I tried my hardest to...

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Early Childhood Environments: Why Use...

When you walk into an early childhood classroom what do you expect to see?  Teachers, administrators, staff and educational expects probably expect to see something different than parents, children or community members.  Teachers are usually taught in school what is appropriate and needed, to have a warm, welcoming and appropriate environment for each age level.  Therefore, hours of thought are put into how their classroom will be set up and ran.   1. There is the HOW to set...

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How To Plan Effective, Engaging and...

When I was in college I heard all about centers and how fun they were.  I observed in classrooms where centers were placed throughout the environment. Until I got my own classroom, I never really understood the effect that centers had a on a classroom setting.  I didn’t truly get how centers help children learn skills that I virtually couldn’t teach them...

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Centers: Why are They Important in the...

When I started teaching I knew centers were an important part of an early childhood classroom.  I knew we learned about them in college and I had seen them set up in different environments that I had observed in. I didn’t fully understand centers and why they were important until the second week of school my very first year.

To be honest, the centers in my classroom my first year, that first...

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Should I use Thematic Units in my...

All teachers use different strategies and learning opportunities for their students.  We all know that we need to change our ideas and teaching each year too, depending on who our students are, what they know and what they need.   We are usually given a set of curriculum that either the state has mandated or the school district has adopted.  These are...

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Tips For Building Relationships Inside...

Before school starts it is important that you, as the early childhood professional, teacher/leader, begin building relationships.  There are many things you are probably already doing, but this new year, start thinking outside the box on new ways to build relationships not only with the students in your classroom, but with the families also.

New...

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What Families Need and Want

When we looked at the last article, What Children Need and Want from a classroom it started getting me to think about what families of the children need and want from their classroom and the teacher.  If you are teaching young children, this could very well be the first time families are leaving their child.  Each family is entrusting their child in your care.  They have faith that you are teaching and helping...

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20 Fun Ideas to Partner With Families

We know that today is different than last year at this time.  I am going to share with you ideas to partner with families right now during the pandemic but also, when things get back to “normal”, as we know they will, ideas for cultivating that relationship.

Right now, families just need support. Teachers need support also.  We all need to work together and be kind, realize we are each doing everything we can to ensure the safety, engagement and success of each of our students. This...

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Simple Strategies: What Can I do to...

I think that all teachers have amazing and engaging teaching strategies that we use with the students in our classroom.  It’s almost like we are born with creativity and ways to help children and reach families.  Creativity is a large part of developing engaging teaching strategies.  Having the background of how children grow and develop and what their background knowledge is also important to know and understand before you start introducing and teaching young children.   This article will...

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Totally Terrific Transitions

Think about a classroom, any classroom.  When you think of this room, what do you see, what do you hear?  If it is your own classroom you know these sights and sounds by heart, but if you are visiting a new classroom you may have a lot to learn. As children are welcomed into a new classroom they have procedures, routines, expectations and transitions to learn.  As teachers set up their daily schedules they teach and reteach procedures and routines, but how important are transitions?  Are...

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