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

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Pacifiers?!

Some children naturally find ways to self-soothe, sucking on their thumb, other fingers, maybe a favorite blanket or lovey, rubbing silky tags between their fingers. Children are very creative! Some children need a little support figuring out what works and feels good for them. Some children find great comfort in using a pacifier and some… Continue reading Pacifiers?!

Building Relationships · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

Art and the Power of Observation

  Last week I shared that I presented with a co-worker on Graphic representation and Sensitive observation. For me to prepare for the presentation I needed to collect data. So a few weeks before the conference I started putting out more drawing experiences for the children. In the afternoons, I would sit down at a… Continue reading Art and the Power of Observation

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