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Teachstone Blog

4 Steps You Can Take to Get Hired as a CLASS Observer

19 Sep 2016

I had to get CLASS certified for my job, but I’m not really doing anything with it. Is there anything else I can do with my certification?

What a great question. It’s one I’ve heard a few times in the field—an observer was asked to get certified to code once, and then she doesn’t get another opportunity to use her CLASS skills. The good news is that there are paying opportunities for reliable observers.

Topics: Reliability & Certification, Observation Training Read More

Using the CLASS tool as a Roadmap to Decipher Challenging Behavior

15 Sep 2016

I started out thinking I would write about how CLASS can help children who have challenging behavior, and then the thought occurred: that while yes indeed, I am helping children with difficult behaviors, I’m actually using CLASS to take away the focus from the child having the challenging behavior and instead, placing it on the teacher who sets the environment for the child.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K Read More

Helping Preschoolers Navigate the Two Worlds of Home & School

13 Sep 2016

The first day of preschool can be as exciting as it is challenging for a young child. While they may not be able to articulate it clearly, children likely have thoughts, concerns and questions such as:

“Why aren't my parents staying with me?”

“Who will I play with?”

“What if my teacher doesn’t like me?’  

“Look at all the toys! I don't have these toys at my house.”

“Why do I have to sit on this spot and wait for my turn. I don’t want to share these blocks!”

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K, Products and Trainings Read More

Guidelines for CLASS Video Coding

12 Sep 2016

Conducting CLASS observations via video is valid and acceptable and can be a good fit for many organizations’ needs.

Topics: Implementation, Observation Training Read More

Teacher Spotlight - Gynna Garrett

09 Sep 2016

Gynna Garrett is a pre-K teacher in Bartow County, GA. As our September Teacher of the Month, I asked Gynna what makes her classroom unique.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Teacher Spotlight Read More

Building Relationships with Pre-K Students at the Start of a School Year

07 Sep 2016

I am not a big fan of summer in Virginia. It is too long and it’s too hot. However, there is the part of me that looks forward to the end of the school year because it means that there aren’t as many cars or school buses on the road. And parking downtown where I work is much easier. 

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K Read More

Teachstone and Sesame Workshop Are Getting to the Heart of Great Teaching Together

06 Sep 2016


As a former teacher and teacher educator, I deeply understand the tremendous impact that a high-quality teacher can have on the lives of children and their families. But I also understand how difficult the job of teaching can be every hour of every day of every week of every year. So many teachers enter and stay in the classroom without the ongoing professional development they need to stay current with research and strategies that can help them perform their craft to its fullest potential. Even those who are provided professional development by their school district or program often experience stale, “one and done” workshops that are not integrated into a larger learning curriculum and that are, at best, dry and uninspiring.

Topics: Professional Development, Announcements, In the News, Products and Trainings Read More

Encouraging Early Education Success in Dual Language Learners

01 Sep 2016

Through daily language interactions, bilingual parents permanently shape their young children’s cultural understanding by embracing not one, but two cultures. Adapting to a second culture isn’t easy for anyone—especially young children, as their language skills are still developing.

Topics: Teacher Tips, Dual Language Learners (DLL), Ambassadors Read More

How Can I Prepare My Staff for CLASS Observations?

30 Aug 2016

Is this your program’s first year conducting CLASS observations? Do you have new teachers who have never been observed? Implementing any kind of change in an organization can be challenging, so it’s important to provide many opportunities to discuss the factors behind the change and allow your staff to engage in open-ended discussions.

Topics: Implementation, Leadership and Policy Read More

Interactions Are Our Core: The Key Ideas Behind CLASS

24 Aug 2016

At this year’s InterAct Summit, Bridget Hamre delivered a powerful message during the opening keynote. We pulled out some of her key points into a two-part blog series, Interactions Are Our Core. Below is the second part of a two-part series on Interactions Are Our Core. You can find the first part here.

Topics: Leadership and Policy, CLASS FAQs Read More

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