As an educator, you’re busy. Your time is being split by competing priorities, from managing students’ needs, meeting your program’s goals, and communicating with parents. While you’re juggling your work, it can be difficult to keep learning about important ways to improve your daily teaching practice. Teachstone is here to help!
Teachstone is proud to announce the return of Teaching with CLASS®, the podcast that explores topics that are important to you while giving tactical strategies you can implement right away in your classroom. And I’m your host, Mamie Morrow!
With over twenty years in the field of education — as a preschool to secondary teacher and as a coach — I will use my perspective to interview inspiring guests with real classroom experience and ask for their best tips and tricks.
Each episode probes topics selected to help you deepen your connections with children and enhance their social, emotional and cognitive development. We’re keeping conversations short and sweet because we know you’re strapped for time. Episodes won’t be more than 25 minutes. There are already two new episodes!
Guiding positive behavior is a learning process for young children as their brains are growing and developing the ability to regulate behavior, emotions and manage impulses. Creating safe, warm and supportive environments motivate children to learn and practice positive behaviors when adults are responsive and consistent. As a specialist in early education with six years of experience as a CLASS coach, Michelle Galindo has supported many educators in classrooms with infants, toddlers and preschool children with positive behavior strategies.
In this episode, Michelle shares her three tips to help you with behavior management in the classroom:
Many programs struggle with family engagement—particularly with engaging families in helping children with reading and homework at home. Educators may sometimes live in fear of complaints from caregivers and that can lead to a lack of trust between teachers and caregivers. In this episode, we speak with Heather Sason, an early childhood professional who's been supporting families since she was 15. Now, she has a child of her own and a community-based playroom where families and children are invited to play and interact with other families. Heather is passionate about the topic of family engagement and will share some tips that educators can use to keep families involved in their children’s learning.
Here are some tips that Heather shared on how teachers can develop relationships and build trust with families, both in remote learning and in-person settings:
Let us know what topics you’d like to hear on the podcast. Send us an email at email@example.com.
And, after each episode, you can continue the conversation in the CLASS Learning Community. Share your own strategies or learn from other teachers and coaches who are focused on what matters most: meaningful interactions.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
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There is always an opportunity for interaction. Some opportunities are easily recognizable: times of play, free choice, centers, small group. We often see teachers engaged in activities alongside children during these times or hear questions being asked. Other opportunities might be a little less obvious. These are the times of your day that you might see as mundane moments that merely require your supervision or monitoring. The times where you’re going through the motions. “I’m doing this thing so I can move on to the next thing.”
In a previous blog, colleague and early childhood environment extraordinaire, Heather Sason, discussed how your classroom environment can help promote effective teacher-child interactions. In this blog, I propose we explore some of the often overlooked times in your day that are ripe for interactions with children and that do promote exploration, learning, and development!
It's not uncommon for teachers in early education to need to strike a balance between following children's leads and sticking to the classroom schedule. We know that intentional teachers are aware of their responsibility to assess student progress, understand skill mastery, and plan accordingly to provide opportunities for children to grow. However, many times, as teachers begin a specific teacher-directed activity, it is unsettling when students begin to veer from the step-by-step plans the teacher has worked hard to implement.
Teacher and coach, Colleen Schmit, will share how teachers can strike the balance between following the lesson plans and giving children freedom of choice and flexibility in the classroom.
We’re more than a month into the school year, and many educators and school leaders are feeling tired or burnt out already. That’s normal in any school year, as the newness of back-to-school wanes and the reality of a long year ahead kicks in. But, this year, that tiredness may feel like it has never felt before. Chalkbeat has reported that teacher vacancies are up in 18 of 20 large school districts, and it’s not surprising. Many are exhausted after a difficult year and a half (to put it mildly!). Many are also leaving the profession in droves to find work in competitive environments that provide a substantially larger salary.
Last week we hosted Back to School with Meaningful Interactions, our first week-long free Teacher Series for nearly 4,000 early childhood educators. Each day attendees could choose from three 45-minute sessions that focused on what matters the most—meaningful classroom interactions.