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Report: Teachers Aren't Trained to Praise Their Students

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A new study finds that education schools aren't teaching classroom management strategies in a focused way.

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Molly Carlson's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:51 PM

This article is about how teachers are taught and encouraged to do things other than encourage their students and there is a lack of proper training. One study written about here says that they, “studied the curricula at the 122 undergraduate and graduate teaching programs and found that nearly all address classroom management, but that most do not do some comprehensively… ‘Instruction and practice on classroom management strategies are often scattered throughout the curriculum, rarely receiving the connected and concentrated focus they deserve.’” I find this very scary and worrisome that the schools are not relaying the management information to their students but rather throwing tidbits here and there. I feel like if classroom management is seen as such a huge issue in today’s schooling then why not put a greater emphasis on it when the students are in schools.

 

Another major part of this article is how encouraging students is not being emphasized to teachers. “According to this chart, education programs put much more emphasis on showing new teachers how to make rules and routines than on how to encourage students for a job well done.” I think it is the most important job of a teacher to encourage the students while they are learning so they can gain a lifelong love of learning. If the teachers are not encouraging their students, I feel like then the students are just going to feel forced into doing the work and not actually like doing it. The joy of learning and school will be taken away from a young age. I think that teachers should put a major emphasis on this encouragement, even if it means taking some emphasis away from rules. 

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Is this something we need to be trained for?

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Tips on ADHD and Executive Function | Springer School and Center

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'Young' 5-year-olds more likely to repeat kindergarten - Futurity: Research News

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'Young' 5-year-olds more likely to repeat kindergarten
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The youngest kindergartners in a class are about five times more likely to be held back when compared to the oldest students, a new study shows.
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@ChildMindDotOrg ADHD and Executive Function - ...

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Dr. Russell Barkley, a professor of psychiatry at the University of South Carolina, is a leading expert on ADHD. (@ChildMindDotOrg ADHD & Executive Function:5 functions to treat EF - Dr.
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Music education for the classroom teacher

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Why music education? UCLA professor James Catterall led an analysis of a U.S. Department of Education database.
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Ontario’s all-day kindergarten classes overcrowded, teachers say

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Letter from union comes as the government looks to roll out the program to every pupil by the fall (RT @globecampus: Kindergarten classrooms will be overcrowded, Ontario teachers say http://t.co/zfX53JUv8V)...
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10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal

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According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.

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Most of this we already know, but the data helps clarify for educators the need to look forward and how tech is woven into what we do, how we teach and how we learn. 

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Interesting ideas about where education is headed!  Keeping up with the technology may be difficult but necessary.  

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Ten tips to dealing with those troubling transitions

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“ If you work with young children then you naturally have small to big transitions that take place in your classroom. Transitions can be simply described as those times throughout the day when your students change focus from one activity to another.”


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9 Terms to Know If Your Child Struggles With Executive Functioning Issues

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What terms do teachers and doctors use to talk about executive functioning issues? Here are clear definitions of nine of them, including working memory. (RT LDorg : 9 Terms to Know About Executive Function | What Is Working Memory?
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Switching schools before Grade 3 affects academics, study finds | Toronto Star

Switching schools before Grade 3 affects academics, study finds | Toronto Star | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
A McMaster University researcher’s work may call into question Ontario’s move not to have full-day kindergarten in every school, as long as every child has access.
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Dr. Lilian Katz: What Should Children Be Learning? | 92Y Parenting & Family - YouTube

http://92Y.org/WonderplayConference | Dr. Katz was our first presenter during the 2012 Wonderplay Early Childhood Education Conference, and had the audience ...
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Children are always learning and not always learning what we want them to learn. An interesting keynote which brings forth many points to ponder in educating young minds.

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Since 2006, More than 6,000 Early Childhood Education Articles Were Posted on the ChildUp Parenting Blog | ChildUp

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"..strong leaders move people to action.." - 6 Things Really Compelling Leaders Do

"..strong leaders move people to action.." - 6 Things Really Compelling Leaders Do | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Many leaders can inspire, but strong leaders move people to action. Here's what makes them special.

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Every once in a while, an amazing leader surfaces, one capable of moving people to action. This is not just a leader who gets people to think. This is a leader who is truly compelling, who can get people to change course and give of themselves.

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My own reading lead me to this old, though steady,  thought:

Leadership is not exercised, it is granted!...

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Authors and other content creators/curators can take a leadership role in sharing their stories.

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Controlling a classroom isn't as easy as ABC

Controlling a classroom isn't as easy as ABC | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Students filed into Chris Cox's dim classroom at Daniel Webster Middle School in Los Angeles' Sawtelle neighborhood, took their seats and immediately began working on a language arts warmup...

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Molly Carlson's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:11 PM

This news article specifically addresses the classroom management issue for young teachers. I find this perspective very interesting because it comes from teachers and principals who have been working for a long time and have been able to notice these details over time. One of the important tips in this articles is that “Students must ‘understand first and foremost that you care about them, but that you mean what you say.’” I think this is super important for all teachers to know because the students are so young and can so be influenced by things that the teacher does; so if the teacher seems like he or she does not care about the students then these students may forever feel like teachers do not care. I think the following through with what is said is probably the best piece of advice I have heard. I think back to the times in which I was a student and I did not want to follow the rules of a teacher when I knew they would not follow through with what they said. I listened and followed instructions so much better for the teachers that did what they said and enforced the rules.

 

This article also talks about how California is trying to help with this classroom management problem. “There is a widespread recognition that young teachers need support once they enter the classroom. California spends more than $100 million annually on mentoring program for new teacher.” I think this is such a fantastic idea, especially because classroom management is something that is mostly learned when the teacher actually gets their classroom rather than in student teaching. So allowing a teacher to have a mentor teacher who has been through this and has made the same mistakes and felt the same inadequacies will really encourage the younger teachers that this is a possible goal to accomplish managing a classroom successfully. One of the success stories mentioned explained how a teacher went from being in the middle of a crayon fight while just muttering the words found in his teaching textbook to now being able to successfully manage his classroom and demand respect. This was only accomplished through “A veteran teacher took Cox under her wing and told him to place his teacher textbook in the drawer, forget about the paperwork for the first week of school and focus solely on rules and procedures.” I think that having a supportive teacher there to guide me in the hard times will really being the most helpful thing when I get a classroom of my own. Most of these articles explaining different issues all come back to say that teachers have to learn this on the job and it takes different attempts and methods to finally master it. 

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Federal cash cut for early child intervention on reserves - Star Phoenix

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SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's child and youth advocate says he's worried about First Nations children because federal funding has been cut for an early intervention program. Bob Pringle said Ottawa provided the money to ...
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5 Common Myths About Executive Functioning Issues

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Is what you know about executive functioning issues true? Here are some common myths and misconceptions about executive functioning issues, put to rest.
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Early Childhood Activist Toolkit

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Early childhood is the time in our lives when we develop our core dispositions - the habits of thinking that shape how we live; our work as early childhood educators is to nurture dispositions in y...
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The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do

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This 2007 publication from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child offers a concise, clear overview of the science of early childhood and brain development as it relates to policies...
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9 Terms to Know If Your Child Struggles With Executive Functioning Issues

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What terms do teachers and doctors use to talk about executive functioning issues? Here are clear definitions of nine of them, including working memory. (Good info!
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Want your child to be a success? Quit scheduling and let them play freely - Telegraph

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At the start of February half-term, Dr David Whitebread explains the science behind free play and why parents must give children the chance to choose the pastimes they’re interested in

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Executive Function Part One: What is executive function? - AboutKidsHealth

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Development of executive function is important for conscious control of behaviour. Executive functions are mediated by the frontal lobes and develop in parallel with them. Part 1 of 6 (Executive Function Part One: What is executive function?
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Review of early childhood parenting, education and health intervention programs for Indigenous children and families in Australia

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This paper reviews prevention and early intervention research literature focused on improving outcomes for Australian Indigenous children....
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Theories of Learning

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 10, 2014 2:13 PM

We treat social constructivism as if it is new. Dewey and Montessori wrote about it over a century ago although they did not call it constructivism. The idea of using digital technologies and social media add a new twist to old ideas and it is important to inquire into what that means.

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 11, 2014 1:03 PM

nicely succinct infographic on learning theories

Tom Short's curator insight, February 12, 2014 7:58 PM

Nice overview of various learning theories; positioned against some new thinking about Networked learning theory.

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Four Fantastic Free Music apps for Primary Music Education | Computer Music Ltd — Music Education Software Solutions (New Zealand)

Four Fantastic Free Music apps for Primary Music Education | Computer Music Ltd — Music Education Software Solutions (New Zealand) | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Free music apps for primary school education, iPads, BYOD (RT @computermusic: Four Free music apps for primary music education that encourage creativity.
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Early Childhood Education Programs: Play | Lear...

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Anita Vance's insight: Read this to find more details about play in preschool and the learning process.
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"Play is an open-ended experience initiated by children that involves pretense, rough-and-tumble activity, or the spontaneous use of real objects for creative activity."  Dr Thomas Armstrong shares his indepth understanding of play-based, developmentally appropriate programming for children. 

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