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Remaining Objective: Moving Beyond “I Felt Like...”

12 Feb 2016

Personal biases can challenge observers assessing the quality of teacher-child interactions with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). IAssessment in Early Childhood, author Sue Wortham (2005) states that “one cause of observer bias is differences in value systems. It is easy to apply one’s own value system when observing in a school” (pg.114).

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It’s Okay to Be Wrong!

08 Feb 2016

“It’s okay to be wrong! In fact, I want you to make mistakes!” I say that phrase in every Observation Training. What’s the worst thing that can happen if you are off by more than one on a code? NOTHING! You just have the opportunity to learn from that mistake.

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Meet Our New Teachstone Trainers

04 Feb 2016

In December, we welcomed four full-time trainers and one part-time trainer to our growing training team! While they come from a variety of backgrounds, each trainer comes with a wealth of CLASS knowledge. We are extremely excited to introduce our new trainers to the CLASS community! Read below to learn more about them.

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Helping Trainees Trust CLASS When They Don’t: 7 Ways to Share Your Passion for the Tool

02 Feb 2016

Think back to when you were new to CLASS. Really try to remember the details of those early days. Most of us had some pretty strong reservations, but we just forged ahead anyway. We had to. The CLASS seemed like just another assessment in a long line of new things to have to learn in an already-impossible work schedule.

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Coming to a City Near You: Teachstone Lunch and Learns!

28 Jan 2016

Teachstone staff Aleen Carey and Emily Doyle pose for the camera with Affiliate Trainers at the Seattle Lunch and Learn

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New Year’s Resolutions- Have You Kept Yours?

25 Jan 2016

Most of us make New Year’s resolutions, right? Some of us resolve to exercise more, lose weight, or eat a more healthy diet. Some of us may even decide that we need to work less and play more. But, I’ll bet that many of you may have made a resolution to be more organized in 2016. 

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6 Facilitation Tips for Challenging Training Videos

21 Jan 2016

class-observation-training-facilitation-tips-videosThere are videos in CLASS observation trainings that push participants’ “buttons” and challenge their objectivity. You know the ones. Regardless of the age level you are training on, you can usually count on the second video being one of them. Smattered throughout the agenda, there is usually another video that gets under at least one participant’s skin.

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You’re Invited to the Teachstone Affiliate Trainer Facebook Group!

18 Jan 2016

As we mentioned in our last post, we are launching the Teachstone Affiliate Trainers Facebook group! 

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3 New Supports for Affiliate Trainers in 2016

14 Jan 2016

Happy New Year! We hope that each of you enjoyed the holidays and perhaps had the opportunity to get a little rest and respite before diving into 2016.

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CLASS Coding: Don’t Play the Numbers Game!

18 Dec 2015

At some point in every training, someone invariably looks up and says, “So, if I want to be reliable, all I need to do is never score a 1 or a 7, right?” 

Topics: Reliability & Certification, CLASS Content: K-3, CLASS Content: Toddler, CLASS Content: Pre-K, CLASS Content: Infant, Training Tips Read More

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