In last month’s post, I talked about your role in developing life-long learners of your staff through professional development experiences. This is a bit of an extension of that previous post with some specific suggestions for professional development resources to enhance your work with young children and their families. Early Childhood teachers are notorious for being able to stretch a dollar! Following are some excellent sources for FREE and inexpensive… read more →
Last week I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Becky Bailey, creator of Conscious Discipline, deliver the keynote address at the NCaeyc Annual Conference. As I reflect on that time, I realize how lucky I am to have had the opportunity to hear her speak multiple times over the past 15+ years. I am a lifelong learner, so I love to fulfill my professional development requirements and as an early childhood… read more →
A new school year is upon us! Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is a new set of students. But that also brings (for better or worse) a new set of parents aka volunteers. Getting parents involved from the beginning is the first step towards a great year together! Here are some of my thoughts on how you can do that.
School’s out for summer! Or is it really?!? It all depends on your program and your perspective. My program operates from Labor Day to Memorial Day, so the students have already been out for three weeks. We do have some summer sessions and already have one of those under our belt, too. If your program is year round, summer may not necessarily bring much change in routine for you. The one… read more →
As an early childhood educator, parents are entrusting you with their precious babies. In doing so, you are expected to wear many hats– a coach, a mediator, and a teacher to name a few. But probably the most important role you have is as a communicator. You need to be a good communicator with your students and peers, but maybe most importantly with parents. While this can be a daunting… read more →