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Mission Creep: 
Are We Moving From Common Standards to a Common Curriculum?
Rae Pica with  David Sherman, Tom Vander Ark, Justin Snider 

 

pic There has been some buzz around the topic of creating a national common core curriculum.  The notion has engendered quite a bit of push back, raising fears of loss of local control.  We invited two education advocates and a practicing teacher join us to explore the implications.
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Delusions of Gender: 
Debunking 3 Big Fat Myths About Teaching Boys Versus Teaching Girls
Rae Pica with  Dr Cordelia Fine, Abigail James,Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

 

pic Are boys' brains and girls' brains fundamentally different? If there are differences, are they significant,  and do they really matter in the context of teaching? In this segment our guests identify and attempt to debunk the big myths about teaching boys versus teaching girls. 
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Second Thoughts:
Creating Praise Junkies: Are You Giving Children Too Much "Positive" Reinforcement?
Rae Pica with Ellen Ava Sigler, Ed.D., Margaret Berry Wilson, Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

 

pic "Great job!" "That was very good!" Teachers and parents use phrases like these everyday to give positive reinforcement to children. But are we creating praise-addicted children by giving them too much unwarranted, rote and excessive praise? Turns out that positive reinforcement can be negative. In this segment our guests give us the basics on how to get it right.
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Best Practices: 
Why is There a Disconnect Between What We Know and What We Do? 
Rae Pica with  Susan Ochshorn, Virginia Casper, & Sarah Garland

 

pic Despite a plethora of research in the area of early childhood  education, much of it is not being transferred into practice.  In this segment we explore why this disconnect exists and what needs to happen to build a bridge between, research, policy and practice.
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Getting it Right:
Teaching Reading: When Is Too Early, When Is Too Late?
Rae Pica with Janet Doman, Carla Hannaford, Ph.D, Lisa Guernsey

 

pic Is early reading very important or highly overrated and generally misunderstood? Dr. Carla Hannaford points out that in our culture we believe that reading equals intelligence. This is false, she asserts, as our guests discuss the literature that supports and refutes the notion that the earlier children read the better.
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