If you’re anything like me, the first time you explored myTeachstone you were intrigued, excited... and, admittedly, overwhelmed. With all the ins and outs of the system, including a massive professional development library with over 500 resources, it’s easy to feel this way.
We’ve designed step-by-step recommendation pathways for coaches offering specific units of study, including carefully selected resources to recommend to teachers, written prompts for beginning online conversations, and follow-up suggestions for keeping the conversations flowing between coaches and teachers, or coaches and groups of teachers.
We hope these pathways will help coaches better acquaint themselves with myTeachstone and all the many resources and features it has to offer. As coaches continue to use these pathways, we hope they will become more confident in making the most of the system, and feel comfortable modifying the pathways as needed to better individualize support for the teachers they serve.
The following recommendation pathways are available for download below; each unit includes content recommendations for approximately 12 weeks and aligns to a unique CLASS age level and specific area of focus:
For coaches looking for technical assistance (for example: learning how to recommend a resource or search for a teacher), the following supports are available:
We are excited to support coaches in fully utilizing myTeachstone. Our goal is to help streamline your online coaching efforts so you can focus on your teachers and what you do best. If you have suggestions or ideas for how we can better meet your needs, please let us know in the comments or talk to anyone at Teachstone! We’re all ears!
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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.
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!
Hey there, Teachstone community! My name is Stephanie Lewandowski, and I am the Senior Product Manager for myTeachstone. Before joining Teachstone, I built digital products for education companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. I’m passionate about delivering impactful products, particularly the tools that make the everyday work of teaching and learning a little bit easier. As a parent, and as a product manager, I know how invaluable early childhood education is, and I’m inspired by the teachers in both my personal and professional life.