Parent Partnerships: Volunteers for Learning

Parent partnerships are crucial! Creating a variety of opportunities for parents to volunteer throughout the year can truly change the dynamic of the classroom for the better. Rather than using parent volunteers for standard organizational tasks only, integrate opportunities for them to truly support instruction. They can provide the additional...

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Becoming an NBCT: Is It Worth It?

Everybody needs a little motivation now and again. Well, here’s yours, if you want it. Is going through the process of National Board Certification worth it? Absolutely.  In 2013, I began my quest to becoming an NBCT as an Early Childhood Generalist. I was fortunate to knock it all...

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The Ripple Effect: Inspiring Change

Hey Bevin! Do me a favor and make at least one ripple today! One of our well-loved division leaders once shouted this to me in passing, and needless to say, it resonated. In this casual, impromptu moment, I believe he was alluding to the ripple effect. The ripple effect...

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Let Them Play: 6 Ways to Promote Play

*Originally published on Becker’s Insights on Early Learning blog  Play matters! In fact, it’s perhaps the most essential element of children’s learning. Play is crucial to brain development as well as the health and well-being of early learners. It fosters physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills while cultivating creativity and...

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A Day in THAT Child’s Life

This blog post can also be read/reflected upon individually or used as a visualizing activity during professional learning. For professional learning, have participants pair up and stand back to back with their eyes closed. Then, read this aloud to them. Afterward, have them face their partner and reflect upon...

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A Dozen Do’s for Student Teachers

It wasn’t that long ago when I was a wide-eyed, eager-to-learn student teacher. I remember those couple of months that I jokingly referred to as “free labor” to be challenging, enlightening, and rewarding. That quick snapshot in time undoubtedly laid the foundation for my first full-time position to follow....

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Teaching Inclusion Taught ME

Don’t stare. Keep your heads down. Eyes forward. My elementary school teachers, all of whom I loved and respected, uttered these kinds of things in the hallways whenever we passed THAT group of students, the ones who looked, sounded, or perhaps acted just a bit differently than my classmates...

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