EDWORDS: Latest Blog Posts

  • What If Early Childhood Professionals Pushed Back?

    Recently I wrote about the uphill battle of advocating for children – especially around the topic of play. But, as you know, our battles these days concern not just play, but also developmentally appropriate practice in general! Sad but true. This hit home recently, when I was conducting my third professional development training for a Virginia school district. In the middle of one of my (fabulous, I’m certain!) points, one young woman raised her hand and asked, “Why are y ...

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    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Thursday, 18 October 2018
  • Kindergartner + Stress = A Personal Day?

    A nearby community has a wonderful, play-based preschool cooperative. Several of the teachers are my former students and I was invited to attend their monthly meetings whenever I could… joining in conversations with staff and families about child development, preschool, parenting… life. I’ve been to 4 of these sessions and so far, it’s been interesting to hear the kinds of things that concern both preschool teachers and parents. Last Monday night, a mother told us about her oldest son, who was ...

    by Debra Pierce | @easycda
    Saturday, 13 October 2018
  • Relationships: Hearing Them Grow

    Building relationships with kids takes time and commitment on both sides of the equation.  A solid connection can be encouraged or fortified by a grand event – an open house evening, a “Donuts for Dad” or “Muffins for Mom” celebration, or a campus carnival – but such an event alone cannot create long and meaningful relationships.  The daily interactions of teachers with their students, with ongoing discourse between the two, is the only thing that I have found to be most effective in d ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Wednesday, 10 October 2018
  • This is My Son

     Our country truly needs to re-examine the way it views education.  A boy in my homeroom class was packing up at the end of the day. He walked up to me and asked quite bluntly, in pure seventh grade manner, "Mr. Ramsey, was your father ashamed of you for becoming a teacher?"  I was truly taken aback and hurt a bit by this question. But, in true seventh grade teacher manner, I remained calm and asked, "Why would you even think that?"  "Well, like he was in the Marines..."&n ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Tuesday, 02 October 2018
  • The New Sheriff in Town

    It's been the first time in a long time where I start pressing the keys.  I blogged for a long time and took a hiatus.  Were my words and thoughts so important that I needed to share them with the masses? Hell no. My words and thoughts are just that...words and thoughts.  However, when issues arise, I have a platform to turn to. The past 2 years have been a whirlwind for me. I've had the chance to crisscross the country, working with all walks of educational life in rural, suburb ...

    by Jay Eitner | @Jay_Eitner
    Tuesday, 25 September 2018
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Dealing With The Unspoken Issues Male Early Childhod Educators Face

Pedophilia, Suspicion, The Man Tax:
Dealing With the Unspoken Issues Male Early Childhod Educators Face

Ginsberg, Mason, Nelson, Boyden

pic Many of the biggest challenges men in early childhood education face are taboo topics that are rarely openly discussed. This segment brings together four male early childhood educators in a heart to heart conversation about these unspoken challenges and how to deal with them.
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