Working in a Reggio Inspired Preschool presents ongoing work which is crafted around collaboration, collective capacity for improvement, and deep learning.  In addition to that, we strive to incorporate an interweaving of the disciplines in an attempt to fight against isolated skills approach to learning.  The NCLE report lists key findings and concludes with an analysis of opportunities for educators and systems to move forward.  Read the report and let me know what you think.  How can you work to embrace literacy in all aspects of school life?

NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning | Literacy in Learning Exchange.

“Kids love to announce that they’re not good at something. They usually do it just after they try something new and challenging, and they say it with finality, as if issuing a verdict.

I’m not good at math!” or, “I’m not good at volleyball.”

At that moment, our normal parental/teacher/coach instinct is to fix the situation. To boost the kid up by saying something persuasive like, “Oh yes you are!” Which never works, because it puts the kid in the position of actively defending their ineptitude. It’s a lose-lose.

So here’s another idea: ignore the instinct to fix things. Don’t try to persuade. Instead, simply add the word “yet.”

This is an interesting blog on the word “yet”.   Not only should we use this word with children, we should use it with our coworkers and ourselves.  As I write this I am reminder that  I’m not good at blogging….wait, let’s change that… I’m not good at blogging, yet!  Yes, that feels so much better!  It gives me hope, encouragement, and permission to take time to get better!IMG_00490

 

The Most Powerful 3-Letter Word a Parent or Teacher Can Use « The Talent Code.

Audio/Video: Teachers | Aspen Ideas Festival.

Interesting video addresses younger children and older.  Can Character be Taught?  What are your thoughts on this?  One of the panelists states that the younger you begin the better. What role do educators of very young child play in character development? What role does language, teacher’s language, play in this development?  Do we use this language on a daily basis?  If not, what strategies could you develop to support this growth?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O is for Oracy « Carol Read’s ABC of Teaching Children.

I found this to be an wonderful blog that is much more thought provoking than its name implies.  Carol Read was nominated for the “Most Fascinating Blog of 2012” and its easy to see why when you read her posts.  Take some time with each post and reflect on how it might relate to your practices

 

“Today, we have a great deal of scientific evidence on the language and literacy development of infants. Much of it reinforces our intuition to engage children through relationships and to impart knowledge through intense interaction. Yet, the evidence also strongly suggests that there is much more we can do as parents and teachers to build stronger language and literacy skills in young children.
There is a science to early language and literacy development. We can better prepare children for later school achievement by taking what we know and making it an intentional and integral part of early childhood education—particularly among at-risk children and families.” From Crib to Classroom

Click on the link to download.  This might be a great conversation starter for professional development.  Your thoughts?

 

 

From Crib to Classroom: Developing Language and Skills for Reading | Invest in US.

 

Denton A. Cooley, MD

  Denton A. Cooley, MD (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

In his book, Teaching the Elephant to Dance, author Jim Belasco tells the story of Dr. Denton Cooley, the famous heart surgeon.  One day Belasco followed Dr. Cooley on his rounds and, en route to the operating room, saw the doctor stop and talk to a man mopping the hallway.  The two mean conversed for nearly ten minutes before the surgeon dashed into the operating room.  Curious, Belasco walked over to the man with the mop and said, “That was a long conversation.”  The man replied, “Yes, Dr. Cooley and I talk quite often.”  Then Belasco asked, “What exactly do you do at the hospital?”  The man replied, “We save lives.”

In the best organizations, there is not such thing as them and us; there is only “we”- all of us working together.  In the big picture everyone has a unique roll to fill… everyone has a piece to the puzzle, everyone makes a difference.  Is this the attitude in your school? If not, how can you work to make a change in your organization?  How does your language with the others in the school reflect your value of them?

“ Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, A Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.” Pablo Casals

What do you say to the children you encounter?  What if we all made an effort this coming school year to make sure that marvel, clever, intelligent, caring, loving, and worthy are part of our daily encounters with young children…