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  • Attending a Conference This Year?

    As early childhood professionals, we know the value and necessity of lifelong learning. In order to maintain quality of practice, we absolutely need to stay on top of our game. Research is changing the way we understand young children and how we   approach their care and education. Getting stale is not an option! Continuing education has both extrinsic and intrinsic rewards. We may be required by our employers or by child care licensing to acquire a number of training hours each year. ...

    by Debra Pierce
    Thursday, 29 January 2015
  • Play: Learning in Motion

    I read in the Washington Post today about a preschool classroom in Arlington.  In the column, the teacher, Launa Hall, describes her struggles to teach reading skills to preschoolers while feeling guilty about not being able to allow them to play. The Pre-K standards she uses are doable in a play environment, but the mandated curriculum in which they are delivered, as we say in the trade, are not developmentally appropriate. The joy of childhood is a secondary characteristic, no ...

    by Gail Multop
    Sunday, 25 January 2015
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    Music Listening Changes Children's Lives

    So much is said today about “music playing” as a gateway to improving academic skills and expanding emotional intelligence.  The scientific scientific and empirical research validates these findings.  But what about music listening: how does it fit into the equation and affect children’s  lives?  And when you think about it, just about every kid listens to music. My “Contemplation Music Writing Project” which began in the 70s shows how listening to music takes students ...

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    by Jeffrey Pflaum
    Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Setting Goals and Making Changes

     As Early Childhood professionals, we need to be constantly looking ahead and staying ahead. Research continues to provide new insight into the growth and development of young children. This, in turn, impacts how we can best approach caring for and teaching them.  Oftentimes, working in the profession for a number of years creates a plateau in practice, enthusiasm, and willingness to try new things. Providers become comfortable with the usual daily routines.The predictability and rhyt ...

    by Debra Pierce
    Wednesday, 21 January 2015
  • Keeping Your Cool for Your CDA Observation

    The thought of someone coming in to observe you at work is unsettling for some and downright disturbing to others. You may fear that your regular, everyday routines will suddenly become a disheveled chain of events, as you struggle to stay focused. And that’s just you– but what about the children? Ah yes, the children. How will they act that day? Will they sense your nervousness and become uneasy, as well? Now, your imagination begins to run wild! Children who are usually calm and well-behaved ...

    by Debra Pierce
    Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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