A dear friend once told me, "The best phrase you can use in marriage is ‘You may be right.’” And she was absolutely correct! In today’s world, we are surrounded by those who are quick to share advice across a variety of experiences—life advice, relationship advice, career advice, funny advice, and sometimes absolutely irrelevant advice! There are times that we seek advice out and times that advice is freely offered to us. With advice from so many different sources, including our family, friends, colleagues, and social media, the challenge may be deciding what advice to follow.
For those who are participating in the CLASS Observation Training, the advice of your Teachstone trainer is not to be taken lightly. Trainers offer recommendations for observers who are preparing for their CLASS reliability test, and it’s important to understand that they too have been through the process and want to share some strategies to support you as you certify on the measure. Some of the best suggestions include:
Did you know that Teachstone has CLASS experts standing by to help support you when you are going through the reliability test process? If you were not initially successful, you will receive feedback to help you prepare to test again. Those who attend a Teachstone observation training can also email email@example.com to receive additional support from a CLASS trainer.
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So, you’re dual-certified on the Infant and Toddler CLASS® tools. Congrats! Not only can you observe in Infant classrooms (birth to 18 months) and Toddler classrooms (15 to 36 months), but you can also observe in classrooms that contain a mix of the two age levels. If you are observing in a classroom with three age levels, as there often are in Family Day Homes, check out this guidance.
Observing in mixed age classrooms may seem daunting, but it’s completely doable. If you’re preparing to do Infant/Toddler CLASS observations, read on to get solutions to three of the most common challenges when observing in a mixed-age setting.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachstone, pioneering developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced the release of "Meaningful Interactions at Home," a suite of resources designed to help the families of young children turn everyday moments into opportunities for their children to learn, grow, and engage.
November is National Family Engagement Month. As educators, we’re often focused on supporting children’s academic, social, and emotional growth in the classroom. But, it’s important to remember that families are a child’s first teacher. This month, we’re celebrating how to take learning home and support families’ opportunities to impact their child’s development and learning through the power of interactions.
As part of your family engagement initiatives this month (and beyond!), consider how you can help families understand and leverage their interactions at home. To help, check out these tips and tricks below that you can share with the families in your early childhood program!