If you work in education, then you already know that kids are why we do what we do. However, this can be easy to forget as children are too often overshadowed by politics, policies, and paperwork.
Last month, I began a blog series of short classroom videos that demonstrate why we love kids—these videos will hopefully serve as a reminder about what’s really at the heart of education.
This video features a small group of toddlers interacting with their teacher during outdoor play. The children’s genuine excitement around communicating with their teacher through the window of the playhouse is contagious!
I hope this video puts a smile on your face, as it does mine, and reminds you how important it is to have fun—and play—with children!
Share this post with anyone who can use a smile!
It’s Dual Language Learner Celebration Week! Every year in the U.S., the amount of young children who live in a household where a language other than English is spoken has been steadily increasing. As of 2016, about one-third of children under age 8 – over 11 million children – are dual language learners (DLLs).
As an infant classroom teacher, you know that talking to babies is important. For instance, you tell the infants in your care what they are looking at (“You see the new block basket on the shelf!”). You label objects (“You have the red ball!”). And you describe events that take place in the classroom (“The tray just fell off the table! That scared you.”). These are all examples of talking with babies. Why, then, can it be so challenging to do this consistently in the classroom?
A few years into teaching early childhood, I applied to work at a school that does incredible work in the local community. I was thrilled to get an interview but realized very quickly that, even though the environment was supportive and the students were wonderful young people, I was much too intimidated to work there.