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Building a Team: First Things First …

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Places of Delight and Wonder …

“We become attached to spaces that charm, delight, or move us. What brings this on? – a certain slant of light; an intriguing staircase; an alcove; the feel of smooth wood; or, unexpected beauty or form. Children have, or can acquire, more taste than we expect.” – Jim Greenman
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Ten Commandments for Teachers …

Grace L. Mitchell was my professional mentor, my motivator, my cheerleader, my role model, and my friend. A long, long time ago, she gave me her Ten Commandments for Teachers. It is timeless, and often made it to the bulletin board in our staff room. It is concise, and yet filled with best practices and positive values. Embedded in Grace’s words, you can hear her philosophy, visualize her dramatic flair, and understand the depth and breadth of her teaching. We, who worked with her, were deeply inspired. She ignited our passion of caring for and educating young children and we immersed ourselves in this field – always stretching, always growing. Continue reading

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Mentoring – Fitting the Pieces Together …

When we added the “mentor teacher” rung to the career ladder in our early childhood program, we provided recognition to our experienced and skilled teachers. We offered learning opportunities to them, particularly in the areas of peer coaching, reflection, leadership, and adult development. In addition, we offered learning opportunities to our novice teachers (protégés) who were committed to furthering their professional development. And the end result was improvement in the overall quality of our entire program. We learned a lot along the way – to be passed on to you – who might be interested in doing the same thing in your program. Continue reading

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A Mentoring Program …

If you are the Director of an early childhood program, I’ll bet you have asked yourself the same question I asked myself years ago – how could we retain our fabulous teachers while keeping them in teaching positions? So often teachers had to become supervisors and directors in order to grow in our field. But, many wonderful teachers didn’t want to move into leadership and management. They were fabulous teachers!!!! So, how could we retain them – and yet, offer them growth and professional development doing what they loved, and were very good at?
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Interesting Elements to Add to our Environments for Children

Sometimes, we come upon a piece of equipment or an unlikely object that works so well in our programs for young children that we just have to pass the idea on. Such is the intent of this post. Continue reading

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Spaces and Places – The Basics of Designing Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Environments

Who will live in this space?
If we can thoughtfully and in great detail answer this one question, and, in essence, become these children, we will be well on our way to designing environments that meet both the developmental needs and interests of their inhabitants. Continue reading

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Our Relationship With Parents

Parents – the third leg of the three-legged stool. When all three are in balance, so is the stool. The stool can be a metaphor for the classroom, the school, the organization. To the director of the early childhood program, there is nothing more important than balancing this stool! The relationship between the child, the teacher, and the parent is the foundation for everything that happens in the program. How to do this effectively and build a true partnership is the challenge and the objective. Continue reading

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The Hundred Languages of Children

“The Hundred Languages of Children,” written by Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia approach, is beautiful and thought-provoking, and a way to reflect upon our work with young children as we begin the new school year. Continue reading

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Beginnings: Plotting the Course …

“How do you know when you’ve arrived, if you don’t know where you’re going?” A good question, particularly for the one in charge – the manager, the leader of the organization. But, unfortunately, a question not often asked. Sadly, many … Continue reading

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