Often, teachers return from trainings or workshops with excitement to try their new ideas to help improve their work with children, but find themselves without a tangible plan to make these ideas come alive in their program. While workshops, multi-day training sessions, and online professional development modules can help teachers build their knowledge about curriculum and assessment in general, lasting change comes from continued, individualized coaching to put new knowledge and theories into practice. A coach or mentor’s help to plan and modify their ideas will lead teachers to establish dynamic classrooms and positive relationships between children and teachers.
Imagine. Innovate. Inspire...What powerful words!
As this year's theme at the National Association for the Education Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, these words really serve as a great call to action for the great work that is being done in early childhood.
In the United States, literacy is a hot topic. Schools across the country are being asked to ramp up their efforts in reading instruction. These requirements apply not only to middle schools and high schools—the push for rigorous literacy instruction is also seen in preschool. Though we all can agree that this is an important and vital topic, there is tremendous pressure on preschool teachers to focus heavily on literacy components in their curriculum.
Now that my daughter, Carly, is in her elementary school years, I really get to see how preschool helped her become the student she is today. It’s fascinating to observe how concepts introduced in preschool continue to be developed four, five, and six years later. I know that she’ll continue to build on the knowledge and skills from preschool even when she leaves elementary school behind in a few years.