Tell Me Again, Why Are We Arguing About Professionalism?

Why is professionalism such a controversial subject among educators? Why is there a raging debate about whether some sectors of the education community qualify as professionals? What does professionalism really mean in the education field and, in practical terms, what does all of this mean to you on the front lines?   To Read:     […]

Improving Teacher Preparation in 2012

Debates over how to improve teacher preparation have been central to the education reform conversation over the past several years. Researchers, reformers and stakeholders called for a number of exciting, yet sometimes contradictory ideas: improving coursework on child development; moving to a model that includes more meaningful practice for prospective teachers in diverse classroom settings; holding teacher prep […]

Music in the Classroom

Recent Discovery Music is the perfect stimulus for triggering either raw or complex emotions. First, as you might expect, while novel music can be fun, you’ll get the highest emotional response from playing music which is familiar to your students (Pereira et al., 2011). Typically, the familiar songs evoke strong positive memories. This suggests if […]

5 Proven Tips for Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Problems

There are reports that ADHD in children is on the rise. But are we seeing a growing epidemic of ADHD or simply an increase in labeling children with the affliction?  Our guests give us some insight into what is transpiring and offer specific tips for teaching children thought to have ADHD.   To Read:   […]

The Snowy Day’s 50th Birthday

The Snowy Day: Teaching Art, Teaching Tolerance 2012-01-02 I am breathless with excitement! The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, is fifty years old, and a commemorative edition is out. I’ve already ordered it after reading about it in the Washington Post Style section today. I was ten when book came out and felt that I was […]

Pink Toys, Blue Toys

When I was a child, lo these many moons ago, gender identity was fixed and well-policed by cultural mores and taboos. As a young girl I preferred my brother’s doctor kit to the nurse kit Santa brought me, but my mother patiently explained that I was a girl, my brother was a boy, and we […]

Silent Reading

Silent Reading Directions: Read the passage and focus on your silent reading experience. What happens inside your mind, imagination, and perception while reading silently? (Optional: Read the passage out loud to yourself and see what happens mentally and emotionally.) Paul walked into the room and a thousand eyes met his, causing him to look all […]

Encouraging Family Involvement in Early Education

When I began teaching more than 25 years ago, my dream was to be an amazing teacher. I wanted to love, nurture, and provide a quality education for the little ones placed in my care. I was 21. Call me naïve, but I must admit that I never once thought about working with families. And […]

Job Stress Among Teachers of Young Children

Many that enter the field of early childhood are surprised by the stress that they find in their work. There are many things that individuals and programs can do to address job stress in the early care and education profession. In our research on childcare provider burnout we have found that care providers may benefit […]

Playing It Safe, Too Safe?

Of course parents, teachers, and school directors all want children to have safe environments in which to play. But  is sterilizing playground dirt going too far? Our guests disagree. Tune in and decide for yourself where to draw the line.   Listen here!: To Read:   “Can Bacteria Make You Smarter?”: “Can a Playground […]