Lev Vygotsky, Science, and America

In the educational climate of America today, there seems to be a schism that gets wider with each passing day.  On one side, there are those that favor more and more skills-based education; they are concerned with making sure that children are able to participate in a rapidly globalizing society by the time they transition... Continue Reading →

Environment and the “Unteachable” Child

Coming face to face with difficult behaviors is an intrinsic and inescapable aspect of working with children. Defiance, bullying, hyperactivity, disinterest, recklessness, destructive tendencies, and lack of volume control are just a few of the practical realities in the life of a preschool teacher. Working alongside students with developmental delays, learning disabilities, or complex home... Continue Reading →

Children, Mammals, and the War on Play

The human animal is, in my opinion, one of the most intricate and complex machines ever to exist.  Every time I step back and consider the manner in which the brain rewards certain behaviors and discourages others, and how it regulates and coordinates the behavior of simultaneously functioning systems to accomplish tasks, it boggles my... Continue Reading →

The Pedagogy of Being Lost

The forest is beautiful, fascinating, green, and full of hopes; there are no paths. Although it isn’t easy, we have to make our own paths, as teachers and children and families, in the forest. Sometimes we find ourselves together within the forest, sometimes we may get lost from each other, sometimes we’ll greet each other... Continue Reading →

Smart Phone: Friend or Foe?

Documentation is one of the most crucial aspects of our experience as Reggio-inspired early childhood educators.  It is the foundation upon which best practice, strong pedagogy, and personal relationships are constructed.  Taking the time to document the things children say and do is one of the primary ways we show students that we consider them... Continue Reading →

Living Loose Parts: An Overview

After years of working with loose parts, I've come to realize that almost anything can be considered one.  We've all seen the ubiquitous bits and pieces: string, glass beads, basket filler, wood scraps, tiles, etc.  Like me, some teachers take a more natural approach by incorporating objects like pinecones, tree cookies, seed pods, flower petals,... Continue Reading →

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