Let’s skip past all the reasons reliability on the CLASS measure is super important. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been to a CLASS training and already know that improving teaching starts with gathering fair and valid observation data—hence the dreaded CLASS reliability test, to prove your coding skills are on point.Topics: Reliability & Certification, Observation Training Read More
What’s so great about being a preschool teacher? A lot, actually. Working with kids can be an enormously rich, rewarding experience, one that’s regularly sprinkled with “I can’t believe I get paid to do this!” moments.
Like the moment a child hands you a picture they’ve drawn for you of you.
Like the moment a child’s face lights up when you start singing their favorite song.
Like that moment when you’ve engaged all the kids in an activity that brings glee (sheer glee!) into the classroom.
Leveraging technology to support professional development for teachers is a growing trend in education—one that's really just getting started. If you've been keeping up with our blog posts, e-books, and research papers, you've heard us talk a lot recently about how technology is empowering teacher growth by:Topics: Technology, Professional Development, Implementation Read More
Exploring the Readiness Continuum
We all have bad habits. We all want to change something about ourselves—a nicotine addiction, a lack of physical exercise, a relentless sweet tooth (like mine!), an ineffective way or relating to our children or significant others in times of stress, and on and on.Topics: Implementation, Coach Tips Read More
Over this last year, I have had the honor to work with some pretty amazing early educators teaching in Head Start programs that serve American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children around the country. Recently I had a conversation with a seasoned teacher about how she combines culture and language development in her classroom. We discussed at length the importance of building solid vocabulary in young learners as well as using stories that accurately represent the Native American cultures of the children we are reading to.Topics: Teacher Tips Read More