Julie Rand has been with Teachstone since Spring 2013. As a former nanny, teacher’s aide, teacher, center director, Head Start specialist, and now as an MTP Coach/Specialist, Julie is looking forward to connecting with other educators out there and learning from one another. As a military wife of 14 years, Julie has had the opportunity to live in Kansas, Hawaii, New York and now Fort Eustis, Virginia. She has three beautiful, active, and ornery boys, ages 4, 9, and 11, that keep her busy 24/7! Julie’s inspiration, her grandmother ran a beautiful preschool out of her home for almost 40 years. Julie knew she would be an educator as a young girl, watching her grandmother model what quality teacher-child interactions could look like!
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Baseball season is now in full swing. My husband is outside almost daily helping the children practice their swing and tossing the ball back-and-forth to work on their catching skills. Why do they do this? Practice makes perfect right? What about the coaching? How does that affect the children’s practice? My youngest has a great natural swing; however, it's the coaching behind the swing that's helped him to develop it.
When I went through the Pre-K CLASS Observation training, I struggled scoring the Instructional Support (IS) domain. I generally gave higher scores than the master coders … but why? I saw a ton of interactions and conversations; however, after lengthy discussions, it was determined that the interactions were actually quite low-level and did not truly promote higher-order thinking. In the end, I was giving too much weight to the more rote IS interactions. I am hearing that I am not the only one, so I wanted to highlight this issue and discuss it further.