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Teachstone's guest bloggers come from many backgrounds including teaching, education policy, and research. If you are interested in writing a post please fill out the form on our guest blog application page.

Recent Posts

Tulsa Studies Demonstrate Gains of Early Childhood Education

22 Feb 2017

Research has long examined the different ways in which students gain from early childhood education, but two new studies from Tulsa have shown some new areas of gains in Head Start Programs, as well as school readiness gains being closely predicted by the CLASS tool. While variation between classes and schools continue to be a problem in early childhood education outcomes, CLASS is driving schools towards greater success.

Topics: Research, Leadership and Policy Read More

Highlights and Updates from QRIS

20 Feb 2017

Incremental growth matters!

As anyone who has been to a CLASS training can attest, we are all about incremental growth, resisting the urge to promise a “quick-fix.” But, it can be hard to resist the urge to promise overnight changes, even though many indications point to slow, steady improvement being more likely to lead to lasting change.

Topics: Research, Leadership and Policy, Data Read More

Want Fewer Incident Reports? How Teacher Behavior and Classroom Characteristics Influence Aggressive Behaviors in Young Children

30 Jan 2017

 

 

Research shows many early childhood educators feel ill-equipped to meet the needs of children who display problem behaviors (Fox & Smith, 2007; Kaufmann & Wischmann, 1999; Perry et al., 2011). They describe aggressive behaviors as one of the greatest barriers they encounter in providing quality instruction and emphasize the need for training on how to deal with aggressive behaviors as one of their highest priorities.

While teachers grapple with this challenge, principals, supervisors, and the public focus tend to focus on the ability to prevent and manage aggressive behaviors when assessing effective teachers (Zuckerman, 2007).

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Teacher-Student Interactions Are the Best Measure of Early Education Quality

24 Jan 2017

What is quality in early education classrooms, and how can we make sure that more children—especially those from low-income families—experience it? Our own and others’ research shows that classroom interactions between teachers and their students provide the strongest indicators of quality.

Topics: Research, Pre-K, Leadership and Policy Read More

Self- and Parallel Talk: Not Just for the Non-verbal

12 Jan 2017

I was quite taken aback recently when an intern completing her first semester with a group of young toddlers told me, “My goal when I started the semester was to use more self-talk and parallel talk, but the toddlers are now talking, so that’s no longer needed.” 

How to respond? Clearly she assumed that the self- and parallel talk supported language for very young children, and the effectiveness ended there. But that's not really true.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Coach Tips, CLASS FAQs Read More

Support Teachers to Increase Learning...Duh!

07 Dec 2016

 

Personally, I get tired of the knee-jerk teacher bashing that often occurs when people compare U.S. student achievement to that in other countries. It is true that by many measures, U.S. education results lag behind those of other developed nations. But, guess what? There are good reasons for that, and those reasons suggest tangible, attainable solutions for education leaders.

Topics: Research, Leadership and Policy, In the News Read More

Prepare Children (and Their Parents) For Kindergarten

17 Oct 2016

 

 

Early educators are prepared for transitions in a child’s life. Whether it’s introducing them to solid foods, teaching them how to paint within the lines, or even toilet training, it’s important to help children ease into new responsibilities by instilling confidence in them. One of the more significant transitions is from a child care setting to kindergarten. As children get closer to five years of age, it’s vital to prepare them for a smooth transition into kindergarten, but depending on where they are coming from a family child care, their own homes, or a center-based settingtheir transition might be more noticeable and/or challenging.

What is most important to consider when applying transitional tips to your daily work as early educators is the relationship you have with the children and their families. That way, you and the parents can work together to make children feel at as their environment changes and as they no longer see familiar faces.

Topics: Teacher Tips, K-3, Pre-K Read More

Bringing Science to CLASS: How Science-based Learning Can Support Classroom Quality

03 Oct 2016

If you’ve ever been to a CLASS training, you’ve probably seen a graph showing a sort of “state of the union” for CLASS scores, the range of scores in each domain that we typically see in pre-K to third grade classrooms across the country. The peak of the curve for Emotional Support sits proudly right between mid and high quality. Classroom Organization is not too far behind it, on the high side of mid. But the Instructional Support curve looks like a sad little turtle in the race to high quality, smack dab in the low range. You can see this in the graph below which shows the average CLASS scores in Head Start pre-K classrooms.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K Read More

Using the CLASS tool as a Roadmap to Decipher Challenging Behavior

15 Sep 2016

I started out thinking I would write about how CLASS can help children who have challenging behavior, and then the thought occurred: that while yes indeed, I am helping children with difficult behaviors, I’m actually using CLASS to take away the focus from the child having the challenging behavior and instead, placing it on the teacher who sets the environment for the child.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K Read More

Encouraging Early Education Success in Dual Language Learners

01 Sep 2016

Through daily language interactions, bilingual parents permanently shape their young children’s cultural understanding by embracing not one, but two cultures. Adapting to a second culture isn’t easy for anyone—especially young children, as their language skills are still developing.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Dual Language Learners (DLL), Ambassadors Read More
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