Back in July, Mary-Margaret Gardiner and Sarah Hadden presented a webinar with Kaplan about how teachers can use classroom setups to create teachable moments. If you missed it the first time around, I'd recommend giving the webinar a watch. It provides classroom organization tips that are helpful all year round.
You can design a classroom that provides engagement, connection, and opportunities to learn more about their world in an educational and fun way. And it doesn't require hours of crafting the perfect Pinterest pins (but if that's your jam, we've got a Pinterest board you'll love!). Your curriculum, materials, and interactions with your students all shape a classroom. How can you use materials to promote learning and engage with the children in your classroom? How can you foster a classroom community through instruction and curriculum? All of these ideas and more create more effective classrooms and, ultimately, can help improve outcomes.
It's never too late to in the school year to develop more effective interactions in the classroom. And the way your classroom is setup is a great place to start.
When I first heard that I was going to have to be observed and coached for my job, I was not thrilled by any means. I immediately thought, Great, someone is going to watch me and tell me how terrible I am. I sincerely thought it was going to be nothing but a negative experience.
In this vlog, you'll hear an overview of Teacher Sensitivity and Facilitated Exploration at the Infant level. Mary-Margaret introduces Responsive Caregiving and how to improve interactions by looking at an infant's cues that the child may be trying to communicate a need as well as ways to support an infant's exploration.
I have seen so many articles, pins on Pinterest, and Instagram posts with suggestions on must do behavior management strategies for the first month of school. Yes, behavior management is a key part of having a successful school year. But before we start focusing only on behavior management implementation, we need to talk about what is going to help you become a successful teacher in the classroom—developing authentic and genuine relationships with your students. Here are five things you can start with on day one to help build positive interactions.