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  • Ready for Preschool? Ready, Set, Yes or No?

    A rainy Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Memorial Day weekend 2019. Family reflection.  If you are a preschool, kindergarten teacher, aide, parent, grandparent, everybody, this blog is for you!  Never did I think I would round out my teaching career in preschool, but I did. The kids taught me so much, a world of hand washing, bandaids, bugs, snails, glitter and a lot of books. Childhood is a precious time, what's the rush? What if we had some barometers of what a ready kiddo might ide ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Saturday, 25 May 2019
  • What Is Arts Integration?

    To me, integrating the arts in education, using the arts as a vehicle for learning, is one of the most important educational goals for our time. The arts demonstrate, on one hand, the shared experience of humanity, and, on the other hand, the intricate, subtle traditions and arts human beings use to express their experiences. The arts will never be frills, except to those who have blinded themselves to the richness and variety of human life. Teaching through the arts means challenging children ...

    by Gail Multop @gailmult
    Thursday, 16 May 2019
  • Want the Best Trauma-Informed Care? Watch the Prequel

    I continue to be, at once, intensely interested and wholly distressed by the manifestation of early childhood stress, anxiety, and trauma. The signs and symptoms surround the caregivers in child care programs, but can either be misinterpreted, misunderstood, or ignored. I recently spoke at a national conference to a packed room of Head Start teachers, who do their best, on a daily basis, to provide the best care for the children in their programs. And yet, they are baffled at times by children’ ...

    by Debra Pierce | @easycda
    Saturday, 11 May 2019
  • Marie Kondo and Me, Teacher Appreciation Week SOS!

    Hopefully touching your hearts on Teacher Appreciation Week 2019!  Just a lot of teaching stuff! I give up. SOS. Worst organizer, ever, and I'm moving again. Oh boy. Dearie me, I am a late bloomer as usual. I said feh until now about the crazy deal about organizing and tidying up. Morgan told me about Marie Kondo. She and her mama have been watching "YouTube" videos and all of a sudden, Barbie Town is shut down, stuffies and bags of baby toys donated to preschool, that sort of thing. But ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Tuesday, 07 May 2019
  • Little Conversations

    Kids will not work for you unless they trust you.  If they trust you, they will enjoy being in your presence.  The longer they are in your presence, the easier it will be to form lasting, productive relationships.  And the more genuine relationships you have in your school, the more positive your school climate will be. Building relationships with your students takes time.  The process takes a lot of conscious effort.  It involves a million little conversations and comp ...

    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Friday, 19 April 2019
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7 Apps Every Teacher Should Put on Her Christmas Wish List

Vicki Davis with Meri Walker

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Our guest is doing amazing work with apps and art, and brings us a list of great digital tools to engage your student's.

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Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance and Heading for Burnout

Vicki Davis with Alicia Roberts

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In this segment, we talk about the dangers of  teaching without balance.  What is balance?  How does balance lead to burnout?  What are the red flags that signal you are slipping into the danger zone?  What should you do?

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Teaching Memories: A Few of My Favorite Things

Vicki Davis with Rodney Turner 

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Keeping with the spirit of the season, we ask our guest to reflect on a few of  the things he loves about teaching..

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