Does this sound like you?
If so, we hope you'll consider registering for our newly released Toddler CLASS Train-the-Trainer program. Over three days, and with the support of a Teachstone CLASS expert, you will enhance your knowledge of the CLASS measure, practice effective training strategies, and gain a license to deliver toddler CLASS programs to colleagues within your organization.
Once you become a Certified Toddler CLASS Trainer, you will receive trainer materials to facilitate the following programs:
Earlier in October, we launched our very first Toddler TTT program in Alexandria, Virginia. Here’s what one participant had to say about her experience:
I thoroughly enjoyed the TTT. It was an opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the tool …. [My training included] multiple opportunities to practice debriefing and leading the discussion on each dimension in a supportive setting.
As someone who has both contributed to developing TTT materials and benefited from attending TTT programs, I encourage you to visit the Teachstone website to learn more about our Toddler TTT training options!
Teachers everywhere have yet another new challenge—supporting students and their families from home. We know that high-quality interactions, including interesting, hands-on experiences that are facilitated and supported with feedback, scaffolding, and higher-order thinking questions, best support young students' learning. So how do you help your students' caregivers offer the same high-quality interactions while at home? Well, Rachel Giannini has some super fun ideas to share! The following are ideas she shared during her session at our recent InterAct CLASS Summit.
When I first learned about CLASS Group Coaching—a training for early childhood professionals about building relationships with children—I was more than a little interested. This, I thought. This is what teaching is all about. It seems to be an obvious concept, but once we dig deeper, we are able to identify the whys and hows of our interactions. CLASS Group Coaching allows us to identify the benefits of our classroom relationships with our students and helps us be intentional in our daily practices. It allows us to utilize each moment we have with our students to deepen our understanding of their perspectives and genuinely connect with them as people. It helps us see the world from their view and guide their learning in a way that is relevant to them.
We all know people are naturally social beings—we need interactions to survive. But just because we’re naturally social doesn’t mean we know how to be social. We have to learn social behaviors—from our families, caregivers, and peers. Teachers play a key role in promoting social development, which includes peer play and friendships.