Contemplation Writing Leads to Poetry Writing

Contemplation Writing Leads to Poetry: There’s a Soul Arising in My Mind (Part 1) In Memory of Irwin Gonshak, Producer of “Poetry-In-The-Morning” on WNYE-FM, Sponsored by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City   There’s a Soul Arising in My Mind is a compilation of student contemplations (prose) juxtaposed with original student poetry.  […]

Questions Educators Should Ask Themselves About Their Teaching Lives

AllElementary School Teaching: Not So Elementary…   It’s funny that we are called elementary school teachers, even though the word “elementary” is misleading and misunderstood.  Check out these synonyms for elementary: basic, simple, plain, straightforward, easy, uncomplicated, and fundamental.  I define it here because there has been too much harsh criticism directed at educators teaching […]

My Teachers Really Need a CDA, But I’m Beating a Dead Horse!”

Imagine this… you’re a center director with 20 staff members. For almost two years, you’ve known that the deadline for a percentage of your teachers to have a CDA is imminent. The state licensing rep has been making more frequent calls. It’s not that you’ve been ignoring this. On the contrary. You brought this up […]

Teaching Sequencing Skills through the Arts

I want to tell you about a project that started with a child’s need to understand the concept of sequence. There are eight hundred ways to teach this concept but this one involves many children, puppetry, storytelling, and t. Older preschoolers love stories and understand so much about what is going on in them, even […]

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs, Part 4, Categories of Student Contemplations

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs Part 4: Categories of Student Contemplations Parts 1, 2, and 3 of my previous BAM POSTS introduced the Contemplation Writing Project:   Part 1 described the Counting Technique, which showed kids “inner experience” with all its side-trips into mind, imagination, and creativity.   Part 2 […]

Investing in Innovation: More about the 2011 Early Learning Winners

Last November, we wrote briefly about the second round winners of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. Our review of the winning applications and peer reviewers’ comments found that five of the 23 overall winners applied under the early learning competitive priority, but only four were awarded the extra point by peer reviewers. In this post, we […]

“I Heard That… And It Hurt!”

A common occurrence in early childhood programs can often fly under the radar for you, the administrator, but can drive a rift between your teachers that threatens the peace in your program. Let’s take an inside look… One of your teachers is working on a CDA. This may be her own initiative or perhaps at […]

Waking up to Whole Brain Learning

It doesn’t have to be that way, of course, but, as teachers have lamented for years, only non-educators need apply when policy is made. These policies are forced on schools and schools must respond with less movement, more worksheets, more focused lessons on content areas (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies).

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs, Part 3, Contemplation Comprehension and The Contemplation Questionnaire

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs Part 3, Contemplation Comprehension and The Contemplation Questionnaire The Contemplation Writing Project started with an introduction to “inner experience” using the “Counting Technique” for several lessons until I felt the kids understood the concept and process.  Following my invitation to their inner worlds, I continued […]

ECE Professionals: At the Table or on the Menu

In the past, early childhood professionals didn’t have to worry about legislation and policy. They quietly and diligently went about their work, preparing young children to read and write, to “use their words,” and to take turns. They knew their work mattered; they saw it on the attentive faces, and heard it in the inquiring […]