At Teachstone, we are lucky enough to spend time reviewing videos of fabulous classrooms and teaching moments. Earlier this year, I began a blog series of short classroom videos we’ve plucked from our reviews to demonstrate just some of the reasons why children are wonderful.
We are thrilled to have Marla Muntner guest blog for us today. Marla has spent most of her professional life supporting teaching and learning—inside and outside of the classroom. She’s worked for newspapers, nonprofits, public schools, and education companies. As the former Marketing and Communications Manager for Teachstone, she thrived on creative work through designing instructional programs, managing complex projects, leading creative teams, and designing engaging communications materials.
There is a new study out that suggests that teachers benefit from coaching that has an early and frequent focus on Instructional Support. Bob Pianta and his colleagues looked at teachers in MyTeachingPartner (MTP) Coaching and tried to untangle the effects of different components of the program.
Remember America’s Funniest Home Videos? I’m talking about the old school, nineties version that was hosted by Bob Saget (Full House aficionados will remember him as “Danny Tanner”). America lovedthat show; I loved that show. An early precursor to YouTube, AFV was a show that collected and shared authentic home videos ranging from the “warm and fuzzy” to the “just plain silly.” As we review classroom video here at Teachstone, I’m reminded of AFV every once in a while as we stumble upon short clips that make us smile, giggle, and sometimes even tear up.
At Teachstone, we spend so much time focused on early childhood that it's easy to lose track of all the great work being done in the upper grades. For this reason, my colleague, Joe Pierce, and Jessica, our blog moderator, asked me to review some of the research on interactions in upper elementary and secondary classrooms. There are recent findings that point to the importance of teacher-student interactions, even for students in high school. Here are some key points, along with links to articles in case you want to dig deeper.
Twenty-five years ago, quality teaching in early childhood classrooms meant providing a safe place for children to play, with stimulating materials and books to read. Today, we have provided those basics in most early childhood classrooms, and our focus has shifted to the hows of quality—how teachers interact with children, how they use time and materials to get the most out of every moment, and how they ensure that children are engaged and stimulated.