ECE Solutionary Membership Resources for Month 14
This month, I've hand-picked solutions from the categories of The "real" common core, IEPs, professional development, and the power of play. Each solution is provided to help you go deeper into the "how" behind helping children thrive in school and in life.
Click here to download this month's at-a-glance handout
As always, each solution includes a brief description and hyperlink to a PDF, YouTube video, blog post, podcast, and/or website. For those who end up feeling like the solution was TL;DR (too long; didn't read), I provide an at-a-glance tip you can put into action immediately. Each tip is signified by a purple hashtag (#prektip).
The Real Common Core Solutions
This handout features tips and activities that make essential life skills fun and easy to promote in everyday moments with children. - written by Mind in the Making
Want even more? This handout demonstrates the research foundation for each skill and more ways they can be implemented.
#prektip: Children are born to engage in learning; it is our job to continue to foster their growth! (click here to tweet this!)
This article presents to new findings in early education research and how educators can act on these findings to encourage learning. - written by Leah Shafer
#prektip: For young children, the road to learning should be just as important as the destination. (click here to tweet this!)
This recording helps busy educators use the Can Do Planning Strategy to develop more meaningful goals catered to a child’s individual strengths and needs. - written by me
Want even more? Check out my IEP online course to find modules for practical writing strategies. Also, make sure to follow me on Pinterest to stay up-to-date with new content!
#prektip: By focusing on a child’s current abilities, planning what we want to see, finding a possible solution, and deciding on priorities, team meetings can become an efficient place for developing minds. (click here to tweet this!)
This video clip reinforces the importance of curiosity to you and how it can impact IEP and IFSP goals in the classroom. - video by Barbara Avila and me
#prektip: When a child is curious to be hanging out with you, why would they want to be elsewhere? (click here to tweet this!)
Professional Development Solutions
This video on shark music revisits the meaning behind shark music; our fight, flight, or freeze reactions; and how that impacts our interactions with both co-workers and children. Along with the video is my blog taking a deeper look at how self-awareness can help up combat our shark music symptoms. - written by me
#prektip: Something that triggers your “Shark Music” may not even be on another person’s radar! Learn how to communicate when you’re hearing “Shark Music” so others can help get you out of your basement brain. (click here to tweet this!)
This podcast addresses the importance of inclusive practice and issues that impacted the second edition of Blended Practices. - interview with Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown and me
Want even more? Follow along with this guiding questions handout!
#prektip: Your “what” for each kid is crucial to figuring out your “how.” (click here to tweet this!)
This blog breaks down the impact of age on change. Adult learners require revolutionized teachings to meet them where they’re at and ignite change. - written by me
Want even more? Check out this Facebook live video and learn how to fight “bad timing” with great PD in this blog.
#prektip: PD for adult learner requires a transformational approach to mind, body, and heart. (click here to tweet this!)
In this blog you can discover your EQ and begin to dive in to why it matters that we as educators constantly pursue a higher EQ. - written by me
Want even more? Download this self-assessment to determine your EQ and learn some tips for increasing yours in this video.
#prektip: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. (click here to tweet this!)
Power of Play Solutions
This webinar revisits the power of play and the importance of directing curiosity to you. We’ll explore difficulties some children may face in play and how to find their sweet spot for developmentally appropriate supports. - written by me
Want even more? Check out this quick overview/invitation to this webinar. An additional resources handout is also available along with a follow-up audio clip.
#prektip: The building blocks of play are loving, responsive adults and fun, interesting materials. (click here to tweet this!)