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Teaching with CLASS®
27 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Encouraging Voice and Choice in the Classroom
It's not uncommon for teachers in early education to need to strike a balance between following children's leads and sticking to the classroom schedule. We know that intentional teachers are aware of their responsibility to assess student progress, understand skill mastery, and plan accordingly to provide opportunities for children to grow. However, many times, as teachers begin a specific teacher-directed activity, it is unsettling when students begin to veer from the step-by-step plans the teacher has worked hard to implement. Teacher and coach, Colleen Schmit, will share how teachers can strike the balance between following the lesson plans and giving children freedom of choice and flexibility in the classroom. Learn more about regard for student's perspective on our blog: What Does Regard for Student Perspectives Look Like in a Teacher-Directed Activity? Regard for Student Perspectives: A Key Instructional Strategy for Improved Instructional Support Join the conversation in the CLASS Learning Community! Subscribe and share this episode on Twitter and Facebook! Thanks for listening!
18 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Keeping Families Engaged in the Early Childhood Years
Many programs struggle with family engagement—particularly with engaging families in helping children with reading and homework at home. Educators may sometimes live in fear of complaints from caregivers and that can lead to a lack of trust between teachers and caregivers. In this episode, we’ll speak with Heather Sason, an early childhood professional who's been supporting families since she was 15. Now she has a child of her own and a community based playroom where families and children are invited to play and interact with other families. Heather is passionate about the topic of family engagement and will share some tips that educators can use to keep families involved in their children’s learning. Here are some tips that Heather shared on how teachers can develop relationships and build trust with families, both in remote learning and in-person settings: Teachers should be themselves! Showing your true self as a teacher, will make parents/caregivers feel more at ease. Bank time with the parents to build those relationships. This helps tremendously, especially at conference time. In remote settings, invite parents/caregivers to join the first few minutes of each session if they can, and take this opportunity to bank a few moments with each of the parents. In remote settings, also take the time to schedule virtual parent/caregiver gatherings every few months. Let them talk and get to know one another, and you better. For in-person settings, invite parents/caregivers to volunteer in the classroom, and drop by anytime they want. Also, invite them to special events such as parties or special visitors coming to the classroom. If your center permits it, send pictures to the parents/caregivers during naptime of what their children have been doing that day. Learn more about family engagement on our blog: Engaging ECE Families in Remote Learning Interactions at the Core: The Power of Interactions In Any Setting Check out Heather’s Little Fish Playroom and her blog: How to Set Up Infant & Toddler Learning Spaces to Facilitate Exploration. To see more photos of Little Fish and learn more, go to facebook.com/littlefishplayroom and www.littlefishplayroom.com Join the CLASS Learning Community to continue the discussion with thousands of other educators. Subscribe and share this episode on Twitter and Facebook! Thanks for listening!
26 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Reframing "Challenging" Behavior and Why Our Response Matters
Guiding positive behavior is a learning process for young children as their brains are growing and developing the ability to regulate behavior, emotions and manage impulses. Creating safe, warm and supportive environments motivate children to learn and practice positive behaviors when adults are responsive and consistent. As a Specialist in Early Education with 6 years of experience as a CLASS coach, Michelle Galindo has supported many educators in classrooms with infants, toddlers and preschool children with positive behavior strategies. Here are three she shares in this episode: Modeling Composure to support self regulation Being aware of Adult emotional triggers or strong emotions and practicing regulating and managing them by deep breathing and using positive self talk. Remaining calm yet intentional during interactions to respond to children’s needs vs. reacting by impulse or emotional trigger. Creating a safe space to release strong emotions A physical space where children can independently process emotions that is visible to adults for close supervision. Create a space with children’s input for safely expressing strong emotions using: mirrors, soft objects, family photos, feelings charts and other visuals displaying emotions. Acknowledging Feelings while stating a boundary: Naming the feeling/emotion during a conflict and narrating the action or behavior that was unsafe or unhealthy. Labeling the feeling through verbal affirmations or physical safe touch while stating the boundary (unsafe or unhealthy action/behavior) Learn more about Behavior Guidance on our blog: Behavior Guidance Is as Easy as PB&J Behavior Management in the Classroom More Behavior Guidance Strategies Join the CLASS Learning Community to continue the discussion with thousands of other educators. Subscribe and share this episode on Twitter and Facebook! Thanks for listening!
1 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
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21 minutes | Feb 27, 2019
Teacher Sensitivity— Being Aware and Responsive to Students' Concerns
As a teacher, it can feel hard to be aware and responsive to all your students' needs. However, we know that classrooms with high Teacher Sensitivity improve student engagement and create more positive peer behavior. Listen to the experts offer tips for both teachers and CLASS observers.
30 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
From CLASS Observer to PreK Teacher
Meet Mary- After a PhD and fours years observing full-time she decided to go into the classroom as a preschool teacher for the first time. She offers good tips for new teachers as well as CLASS observers.
29 minutes | Jan 9, 2019
CLASS Group Coaching
Have you been wondering what CLASS Group Coaching or MMCI is? Listen as two educators share their experience from the perspective of a teacher and center director. I also reach out to one of the instructional designers to hear about some of the basics of the program.
31 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
CLASS and Montessori
Ever wonder how a CLASS assessment or coaching would look in a Montessori classroom? Learn more about the Montessori approach and what you would see as a CLASS observer.
31 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
Regard for Student Perspectives: Part 2
How do you emphasize students' interests, motivations, and point of view throughout the day? How can you encourage responsibility and autonomy with such young students? And how does that support the Pyramid Model of Social Emotional Learning? We attempt to answer all these questions in this episode!
20 minutes | Oct 9, 2018
Regard for Student Perspectives
Emphasizing children’s interests, motivations, and point of view while encouraging responsibility, independence, and autonomy can feel overwhelming. In this, part 1 of 2 on regard, we'll cover incorporating Regard for Student Perspectives in inclusive classrooms as well as during whole-group.
20 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Ask the Author- An interview with Bridget Hamre
Co-author of the CLASS tool and our new Chief Impact Officer, Bridget Hamre, answers questions on her role, goals, and vision for the future.
33 minutes | Aug 31, 2018
Observing in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
Start the conversation with us as we explore ways to ways to address and prevent bias while observing with the CLASS tool.
18 minutes | Aug 14, 2018
Back to School
Transitioning back to school is an exciting and exhausting time. Gina Gates offers some advice to help ease back in.
38 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
Instructional Support- A deeper look
We explore the importance of Emotional Support and Classroom Organization in raising Instructional Support learning outcomes. These strategies are geared toward teachers and coaches working with children from toddlers to high schoolers.
31 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
Scoring and Supporting Instructional Support
Promoting higher-order thinking skills in whole-group time, providing opportunities for creating, scoring repetition and extension, and when to focus coaching conversations on Instructional Support are all covered in this episode.
20 minutes | Jul 3, 2018
New to CLASS
What is CLASS? And your questions on certifying, your first live observation, and tips for new trainers.
27 minutes | Jun 25, 2018
Managing Challenging Behaviors
In our very first episode of Teaching with CLASS, I reach out to two CLASS experts to answer your questions about Behavior Management.
25 minutes | Jun 25, 2018
Behavior Management- Part 2
We had so many great questions about Behavior Management, we made two episodes! In part two we discuss strategies for students with behavior plans, supporting students on the autism spectrum, and how to find the cause of more severe behaviors.
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