I was recently talking to a friend about some of the posts on the blog and realized that it would be good to create a Table of Contents for quick access. So here it is! All the postings for the September and October in a single post. One Stop Shopping! Enjoy!
I saw the video “Every Kid Needs A Champion” a few years back at an ASCD conference in Texas. I don’t know exactly what touched me about it, but it gave me “the goosebumps”. You know what I’m talking about. The goosebumps you get on your arms when you really “get” it.
Take a few minutes and sit back with a cup of coffee to watch this video. Then think about the question below of how you feel after watching it. Whatever answer you choose, it validates your choice to become a teacher. What you DO makes a difference in a child’s life. Thank you for what you do.
Children remind us to pay attention to the details and the magical moments. They encourage us to sing “Let It Go” for the 100th time. (with hand movements, of course). Children’s enthusiasm is contagious and that’s why we teach. How can we keep that joy alive in our teaching?
I’ve used the video below many times in Teacher Professional Development workshops when we try to understand the many changes occurring in education today. Sometimes the video helps to focus a group to understand the need for changes. Other times it helps to support a group challenged to change and looking for meaningful and sustainable pathways. Overall, a good visual to illustrate how our world has changed and a glimpse into the future. At the very least it’s a 5 minute history lesson.
I had this video embedded in a recent Keynote speech, only to find out that the Internet was not working. (Don’t you just love technology!) So, here you go Astor Friends! I will also be posting the Champion Speech. You all deserve it!
As requested by some attendees at the Astor Services Head Start on the September 14th conference day, the link below is a repost of a Reading presentation that I gave last year to the Astor Education committee.
The presentation outlines the importance of literacy in Childhood Education. It includes both research and strategies to include in literacy instruction. The differences between phonological and phonemic awareness is highlighted. The pros and cons of the Common Core standards is also included for discussion.
As requested by some attendees at the Astor Services Head Start on the September 14th conference day, the link below is a repost of a presentation that I prepared for the Astor Education Committee in May, 2017.
Many preschool students understand numeracy. However, they probably don’t know the vocabulary. Creative Curriculum gives teachers many new terms to use. The “Go slow to go fast: Learning about math is neither short-term nor rote” presentation reminds teachers that learning takes time.
Thank you Astor friends for inviting me to your Professional Development Day.