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 […]

What States Would Do if They Won the Early Learning Challenge

Sometime in the next few weeks, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will announce the winners of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge competition.  A total of 35 states, DC and the Puerto Rico submitted applications vying for a slice of the $500 million pie, and insiders have predicted […]

Sunday Schools – After Bronx Household of Faith v. Board

By refusing the church’s latest appeal in Bronx Household of Faith v. New York City Board of Education, 11-386, the United States Supreme Court today gave a final judicial green light to the Department of Education’s controversial ban on renting schools for religious services.   While only persuasive nationally, the now-final Second Circuit ruling settles […]

Ganging Up to Fight Bullying

Fighting bullying requires a collective, collaborative effort among teachers, parents and school administrators. This segment explores the barriers to effective school/home collaboration against bullying, along with strategies to overcome them.     To Read:     Working with Parents of Bullies and Victims by Walter B. Roberts, Jr.: http://www.amazon.com/Working-Parents-Bullies-Victims-Roberts/dp/1412951046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322840160&sr=1-1 The Bully Action Guide: How to Help […]

Emotions in Students

  Recent Discovery   First, there are gender differences in our emotional system.   Second, there are speed differences in our responses.   Third, our amygdala is not all that automatic; it is regulated by attentional bias and personality differences.   It is also regulated by whether you are a low or high anxiety subject […]