Improving my Teaching Practice

Testing Behavior, Asking for help and How we respond

I know I post A LOT about staying unruffled with toddlers and how I’m always trying to keep my cool. This is by far the hardest part of my job. I know that toddlers test the people they have the strongest connection with, I know it’s a sign of feeling safe, I know that testing… Continue reading Testing Behavior, Asking for help and How we respond

Building Relationships · Improving my Teaching Practice

A Gentle Reminder: Giving Our Full Attention

I have posted on giving children 100% of our attention before. Giving a child all of our attention tells them that they are important to us, what they are doing is important and that we appreciate what they are able to do right now. Even though I talk and think about this idea a lot… Continue reading A Gentle Reminder: Giving Our Full Attention

Classroom Environment · Improving my Teaching Practice

Water table: staying unruffled and a little negotiation

On Monday I put water in the sensory table with a large strainer, some small bowls and two scoops. I put in enough water so the children could easily pour and scoop the water. I had just read the post by Janet Lansbury, 9 Best Ways to Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers , so I… Continue reading Water table: staying unruffled and a little negotiation

Building Relationships · Improving my Teaching Practice

Give and take of Negotiation

Right before the winter break all of the teachers who work with one year olds in our school, along with our wonderful supervisor, got to meet with Polly (a RIE associate and a really great person!). If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, DON’T pass it up. Polly said many great things… Continue reading Give and take of Negotiation

Improving my Teaching Practice

Toy struggles and developing mutual respect

As you can tell from my last post, I’ve been thinking a lot about sharing. I don’t believe in forcing children to share; I believe in protecting a child’s right to play. I try to handle struggles over toys through sports casting. This is where you stay close to the children and state exactly what… Continue reading Toy struggles and developing mutual respect

Children and Emotions · Improving my Teaching Practice

How do we share OUR feelings with children?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we share our own emotions with children, especially our big emotions like frustration, anger, over excitement, sadness and so on. I know as educators we are asked to leave our emotions at the door but this is so hard to do! I agree with this idea but at… Continue reading How do we share OUR feelings with children?

Improving my Teaching Practice · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

What does our touch say?

I dressed up as a salmon for Halloween and my boyfriend was a fisherman. He’s an avid angler in real life and mostly fishes for salmon, so I thought it was pretty funny. I worked really hard cutting out felt scales and gluing them onto the t-shirt I got. After I finished my project, I… Continue reading What does our touch say?

Improving my Teaching Practice

Are we really providing enough FREE play?

  I’m still reading “It’s okay not to share” by Heather Shumaker and this week I have been thinking a lot about this quote: “Dr. James Christie and Dr. Francis Wardle show that shorter play periods (less than thirty minutes) reduce the complexity and maturity of child’s play” Heather Shumaker, 19 It really got me… Continue reading Are we really providing enough FREE play?

Improving my Teaching Practice

We need to ask ourselves: are my expectations realistic?

  I’ve started reading, “it’s OK NOT to share” by Heather Shumaker and I have really enjoyed it so far. The book has made me think a lot about my teaching practice and I’ve only read the first little bit. I’m looking forward to what’s to come. I highly recommend it! I’ve been thinking a… Continue reading We need to ask ourselves: are my expectations realistic?