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!: https://www.bamradionetwork.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=35&Itemid=65 To Read:   “Can Bacteria Make You Smarter?”: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100524143416.htm “Can a Playground […]

Active Play in Many Languages

When a teacher prepares for a new child who speaks a different language, all sorts of challenges may come to mind.  Active play might not be the first item on the list of concerns, but it is certainly worth thinking about.  On the one hand, physical activity and gross motor play can help a newcomer […]

Reading as a Three-Dimensional, Holographic, Virtual Reality

I have always taught students about mind-pictures and the process of visualization, which have become routine in reading instruction in schools today. I created a phrase called the self-amusement park of the imagination where all the action of reading—changing words into images—takes place. I added another term, the mind’s magic reading theater, to set up […]

Banning Chocolate Milk … Really?

Hard to believe that with everything educators are dealing with today that chocolate milk has become controversial. Tune in to find out why some schools are banning this flavored delight and decide whether your school should join them.   Click here to listen!     To Learn More: “New Report Challenges Whether Chocolate Milk Is […]