This has been the most rewarding and creative experience in my career. I have been able to tap into my years of experiences in early childhood centers and classrooms as teacher, director, coach and mentor. It was challenging to overcome some of the myths and stereotypes of what professional development for child care teachers should be. Our vision was that teachers should experience learning the way we want young children to be taught, with love, nurturing, patience, and deep respect for their uniqueness and capabilities.
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April 25, 2017
April 11, 2017
Learning and implementing age appropriate practices have greatly improved the daily atmosphere in my classroom, and have guided me to become a better educator. A day in the life of an early childhood educator in a child care center typically consists of a meticulously well-planned day of fostering education-via-play that meets the needs of each individual child.
March 07, 2017
Diverse experiences can count. Teachers do indeed spend a lot of time in the classroom instructing a subject. However, spending time with diverse audiences will help you prepare for your career. Diversity includes culture, religion, and thought. Learning something different gives you depth of knowledge, and an appreciation of others. Consider study abroad, service projects or learning a skill that stretches you.
January 31, 2017
No matter what stage of your career you are in, keep your eyes, ears--and heart--open to finding "your person." Why? Because you are called to a profession with quite a daunting task: educating, supporting, and loving the children and youth who are our future.
January 24, 2017
Today, take ten minutes to create--or better manage--your personal branding campaign. Make this a 3-4 times a week habit and you'll be building a solid, professional reputation in no time. A few ideas to get your started:
January 10, 2017
The challenge was great; find teachers who were prepared for a classroom where students came with academic, social and emotional needs. This was a far greater obstacle than I had imagined. The new teachers who we interviewed were naive to the challenges teachers face in a realistic classroom setting: teaching to rigorous academic standards, planning highly effective activities where all students are engaged and challenged, and managing a classroom of students who rely on structures and procedures for their success. Many of those new teachers knew the theory of what it meant to be a highly effective teacher, but the implications of that theory had not been practiced or witnessed first-hand with a master or mentor teacher supporting them in the process.
January 03, 2017
Subbing is be a bridge to full-time employment for many educators. All of us who have ever filled out a standard application with a question about whether or not we'd be willing to substitute have paused to consider the option carefully.
December 21, 2016
Determine what RTI information your school would like to present to staff, as well as the degree of faculty input and discussion needed.
December 13, 2016
Establishing a culture of teacher support begins and ends with support systems that are designed to promote collaboration and feedback among teachers.
December 06, 2016
School leaders with a negative orientation toward teacher evaluation typically focus on pointing out the negatives they've observed and issuing mandates for improvement or dismissal. On the other hand school leaders who develop a positive orientation toward using teacher evaluation as a teacher support mechanism are making the strides necessary to meet their student achievement goals and teacher satisfaction goals.