Improving my Teaching Practice

The power of changing your perspective

A few weeks ago my co-teachers we gone, not at the same time, one right after the other. I have to say it’s hard being down a co- teacher. The quality of my care just drops and drops and drops. I was worrying about everything and finally my fiancé said to me “that seems like… Continue reading The power of changing your perspective

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Technology and tots: some ideas from Priceless Parenting

I thrive off of learning, I love learning and learning about learning. I don’t know why it took me this long, but this past weekend I attended a free class at the library. Kathy Slattengren creator of Priceless Parenting presented on Healthy use of Technology for Tots. This is something I’ve thought a lot about… Continue reading Technology and tots: some ideas from Priceless Parenting

Children and Emotions

Being authentic while still leaving our feelings at the door

One of the first things I learned in the education program was the importance of leaving our feelings at the door and focusing on the children. I agree with this and I feel like we should try to put our outside life, outside the classroom but there is a point where this can be come… Continue reading Being authentic while still leaving our feelings at the door

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Facebook: Protecting children’s right to privacy

This post is more directed to teachers, caregivers, nannies, and anyone who works directly with children. I think that this post will also give parents somethings to think about. Just wanted everyone to know that I’m coming from a teacher perspective who works at a childcare center. The past few weeks my co-workers and I… Continue reading Facebook: Protecting children’s right to privacy

Children and Emotions

Self-regulation: Is it really about self?

Last week I talked a little bit about the RIE® conference in my post. Along with learning about my oh-hum mode I also learned about helping children regulate their aggression. I got the privilege to hear Ruth Anne Hammond speak on Regulating aggression in young children: working with their instincts, not against them. One of… Continue reading Self-regulation: Is it really about self?

Improving my Teaching Practice

A lesson from baby turtles: interrupting and listening

I apologize for not posting the past few weeks, a lot has happened! I went on vacation, got an apartment and got engaged! Very exciting stuff and I’m feeling overwhelmed with blessings. We went to Mexico for vacation and got the privilege to see baby turtles making their journey to the ocean. I watched as… Continue reading A lesson from baby turtles: interrupting and listening

Children and Emotions

How much is too much?….control

My mom and I had a long car ride this weekend, she is a teacher also (first grade), so we got to talking about behaviors in the classroom. We have quite a few friends that are teachers or work in a school setting and if feels like everyone has been talking about how behavior problems… Continue reading How much is too much?….control

Improving my Teaching Practice

Sharing one of my pet peeves

I’ve been thinking about art experiences with toddlers a lot recently. In my class (children 21 months- 2.5 years) we have been offering more painting experiences lately. Something that really bothers me is writing or drawing on children’s work. I’m not really sure why it bothers me so much but it does! I think of… Continue reading Sharing one of my pet peeves

Improving my Teaching Practice

Power in our words: what words we use to describe children

I believe that the words we use to describe children, their behaviors, personalities and their emotions dictate how we view the child, respond and interact with them. We have to be careful to avoid using “negative” words when talking about a child. I strongly believe that when we speak these words we give them life… Continue reading Power in our words: what words we use to describe children