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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

Observers: Put Your Bias on a Sticky Note!

22 Aug 2016

Have you ever meditated? One of the most challenging aspects of this practice is clearing your mind from day-to-day thoughts that pop into your head. If you meditate, you know that trying to push those thoughts away doesn’t work—in order to free your mind you must first acknowledge those distracting thoughts before you can return to your “moment of zen.”

Topics: Reliability & Certification, Observation Training Read More

Interactions Are Our Core

17 Aug 2016

At the InterAct Summit 2016, 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. 

Topics: Leadership and Policy, CLASS FAQs Read More

Everything You Wanted to Know about Teachstone's Classroom Videos

16 Aug 2016
Classroom video is at the heart of Teachstone’s products. We certify observers by asking them to reliably code video segments. Our Video Libraries, myTeachstone video resources, and interactive courses use authentic classroom moments to model exemplary CLASS practices and support teacher professional development. Since we are constantly adding new resources to myTeachstone and creating new videos for our six reliability tests, we have consistent need to collect new classroom footage. Topics: Products and Trainings, CLASS FAQs Read More

What Does Regard for Student Perspectives Look Like in a Teacher-Directed Activity?

11 Aug 2016

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. 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. 

Topics: Teacher Tips, Pre-K, CLASS FAQs Read More

I Added CLASS to my ECE College Courses, and Why You Should Too

09 Aug 2016

I’ve been in the field of early childhood education for over 35 years and absolutely LOVE the CLASS tool. I wish I had CLASS during my years as a teacher and director of ECE programs. I am grateful to have the CLASS tool now to express my continual love for ECE and the importance of great teaching in the early years of children's lives.

Topics: Higher Education, CLASS FAQs Read More

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