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Effective Teacher-Child Interactions and Child Outcomes Infographic

23 May 2017

This spring we released a new research paper, "Effective Teacher-Child Interactions and Child Outcomes." It summarizes what 150 peer review studies have to say about CLASS. In conjuction, we designed a handy infographic with a few key points and stats from the paper. You'll also find a few facts about Teachstone. Enjoy!

Topics: Research, Just for Fun Read More

Are You Clear on Clarity of Learning Objectives?

18 May 2017

I’d like you to take a minute and think about the answers to the following questions:

  • Why do you write out a shopping list before you go to the grocery store each week?
  • Why do you scramble to do 3 loads of laundry on a Sunday night just before the week begins?
  • Why do you spend time writing out lesson plans to submit to your Director at the beginning of the month?
  • What is the purpose of balancing your checkbook each month?
Topics: Reliability & Certification, Teacher Tips, Pre-K Read More

Having Serious Fun with the Parallel Process

16 May 2017

Ellen Cairns presents on the parallel process with Curry Ander at InterAct 2017 in Austin, TX.

Recently, at the InterAct conference in Austin, we presented the parallel process of CLASS in 50 incredibly fast minutes. We had fun putting together a presentation that was interactive and that modeled as many of the dimensions, indicators, and behavioral markers as we could. In fact, we gave the participants a score sheet so they could rate us—a take off on the CLASS score sheet.  

Topics: Professional Development, Coach Tips, Leadership and Policy Read More

3 Reasons Why Incremental Change is Cause for Celebration

11 May 2017

Part of my responsibility as a CLASS specialist is to open up the world to my participants and expand their CLASS lens within the four walls of their classroom/organization. Of course, sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Topics: Coach Tips Read More

3 Reasons to Join the CLASS Community

27 Apr 2017

Think about the biggest challenge you’re facing in your role today. Perhaps it’s handling teacher turnover, managing your time while coaching over large geographic regions, or dealing with the disappointment of not seeing the results you thought you might see when you implemented that new PD program.

Topics: Updates Read More

4 Healthy Recipes for Week of the Young Child

25 Apr 2017

Teachstone is celebrating Week of the Young Child hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We'll be posting articles, videos, activities, and more all week on Facebook and Twitter.

For Tasty Tuesday, we've found a few healthy recipes for every mealtime, including dessert. These recipes are easy to assemble and make, and your early learners can help out as well. What are your favorite healthy recipes?

Topics: Just for Fun Read More

What 150 Peer Review Studies Have to Say about CLASS

10 Apr 2017

If you’ve ever attended a CLASS Observation Training, you’ve heard the trainer state that the CLASS is a valid tool for measuring the efficacy to teacher-child interactions: that classroom quality, as measured by the CLASS, predicts positive developmental and academic outcomes for children (predictive validity). Specifically, children who attend classrooms with higher CLASS scores demonstrate better social and academic outcomes than their peers in classrooms that were not rated as highly.

Topics: Research Read More

3 Ways to Stay Objective as a CLASS Observer

06 Apr 2017

 

If you're a CLASS observer, you've probably found yourself in a situation where you have to make inferences or rely on contextual evidence when assigning scores. However, it should always be your goal to minimize subjectivity and assumptions. You have to prevent your emotions, opinions, and ideas that are not a part of the CLASS tool from influencing scoring. Achieving an emotionless state of objectivity while observing can be incredibly challenging. It takes practice to recognize when objectivity is threatened and respond accordingly.

Topics: CLASS and Other Tools, Tips and Tools Read More

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Opportunities for Early Childhood Education

29 Mar 2017

When the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was reauthorized in December 2015, Teachstone joined with others working across grade levels to celebrate the new law—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA allows and emboldens states to build seamless systems that recognize and incorporate early childhood education in a pre-K to 12 system.

Topics: Leadership and Policy Read More

The Difference between Concept Development and Quality of Feedback—and Why It Matters

23 Mar 2017

Concept Development and Quality of Feedback—these two CLASS dimensions used to elicit a sense of fear in me, and I suspect they do for other early childhood educators, too. The fear came from hearing the average teacher’s scores in these dimensions, confusing the two dimensions, and from knowing how important they are to impacting children’s cognitive development.

Topics: CLASS FAQs, Observation Training Read More

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