Minimizing Mask Anxiety in Children

The air is cooler, the days are shorter, and the leaves are starting to brown. These are the usual signs of back to school season. This year however, our fall looks different. Many schools are implementing a hybrid model, and requiring both children and teachers to wear face masks for the duration of the day. Some children suffer from phobias of people in costumes,
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Experiences that support early language and literacy learning

A great book I recommend for early education professionals to read is “Literacy Beginnings” by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas.  Fountas and Pinnell are well respected educators who have published various books about literacy learning. This book is focused on literacy experiences in the preschool classroom; and as such, can be used as a professional development guide for teachers who want to
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Exploring environmental print in the preschool classroom

Providing a print rich environment gives children an opportunity to explore and interact with various types of print in a variety of ways. As defined by Amanda Rock on In a print-rich preschool environment, preschoolers are exposed to a host of different materials geared at reading and writing. Not only are the materials readily available for little ones to access as they wish, but their
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Digital Storytelling in Early Childhood

My favorite part of teaching young children has always been STORYTIME!  I love the language of a really good children’s story, and how it can both delight and educate at the same time!  There are so many benefits to reading and engaging in storytelling activities with young children.  Digital Storytelling I am currently taking a graduate course where I am learning more about integrating
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E-books in early education

Digital books or e-books can be used by early childhood teachers as a tool for storytelling. Teachers can work with preschoolers to co-create digital books with photos of the children’s play or work and attach audio files with child/children as the story narrator. Young children can be involved in the making of a digital story in a variety of ways, such as: taking photographs
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Experiential and Discovery Learning in Teacher Professional Development

After looking at Experiential and Discovery Learning theories, I explored how they can be used in professional development settings for teachers.  Of particular focus, I looked at professional development studies that aimed at helping teachers to use technology more broadly in their classrooms. Examples of Teacher Professional Development In the studies reviewed (cited at the bottom), researchers looked at the impact of using experiential
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Exploring Learning Theories: Discovery learning

What is Discovery Learning? Discovery learning has its origins from theorist Jerome Bruner in the 1960’s, and is based on the student being an active participant in the learning process. The learning theory is based on inquiry and discovery; both in the content to be learned and the process of acquiring the knowledge.   In a discovery learning classroom, students are encouraged to figure
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Exploring Learning Theories: Experiential learning

What is Experiential Learning? “In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.”  Lewis and Williams (1994, p.5). Experiential learning theory is based on the premise that knowledge is effectively acquired through learning
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How can we enter kids’ world to teach them?

  Teaching is often undervalued. After parents, teachers are the people that have the most impact on who we are as human beings, on both a personal and a professional level. This influence is particularly important at early ages when kids are developing the basis of all their knowledge and social skills. Nowadays, teachers have a hard time finding ways to engage kids due
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