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Inspiring outdoor playscapes | Teach Preschool

Inspiring outdoor playscapes | Teach Preschool | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“ We are sharing a few of our favorite backyard playscapes!”
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Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter | Ecology Global Network

Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter | Ecology Global Network | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
New approaches to kindergarten offer a glimpse of what childhood used to be and could be, outdoor schools as the modern re-creation of the children’s garden.
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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
At Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, children spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. Instead of math or literacy requirements, they focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.
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After-school exercise yields brain gains

After-school exercise yields brain gains | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study.
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Secondgradealicious: Inquiry Based Learning

Secondgradealicious: Inquiry Based Learning | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“ Are you looking for a different way to approach teaching/learning? Inquiry based learning is a great way to keep students engaged and thinking critically. In my classroom we all take ownership for our learning.”
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Fatima Formariz's curator insight, August 17, 5:06 PM
Another helpful blog with some good artefact examples.
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Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom

Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
"The long-term output of any school should be not just proficient students, but enabled learners. An “enabled” learner can grasp macro views, uncover micro details, ask questions, plan for new knowledge and transfer thinking across divergent circumstances. This doesn’t happen by content “knowledge holding,” or even by the fire of enthusiasm, but by setting a tone for learning that suggests possibility, and by creating a culture of can."
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 4, 9:35 PM

One of my favorite videos on growth mindset is Carol Dweck sharing the word yet, specifically where she says that if a student says "I can't do that" she says to tell the student to say "I can't do that yet." To me that is a way to shift the culture of the classroom, where students learn that as time goes on what they are able to do things they could not before.

This post explores this culture of "can", sharing ideas on how you might move your classroom to reach this culture. Three areas are discussed.

1. Use the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

This is a model that many of us may already use. The post describes it as "show me, help me, let me." In my school we talk about "I do, we do, you do."

2. Intentionally Use the Individual Student as a Culture-Maker

This requires that we find the time as we teach to "honor the contribution of others," specifically our students. Culture does not grow from a top down approach.

3. Diverse — and Authentic — Terms for Success

Creating a classroom that is learner centered, where students also have input to help create authentic learning.

More information on these concepts are in the post.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 5, 11:36 AM

Love the ideas here and realize the challenge of the mission. Our kids need to embrace their mistakes as learning opportunities rather than expect immediate mastery and feedback with praise.  i am thinking of making a classroom poster ( or posters) with the Word "YET" in giant letters and use that as our mantra.

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, August 18, 2:04 PM

Yes!!! Mine is:  You can do it!!!

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How to build a better athlete – starting in kindergarten

How to build a better athlete – starting in kindergarten | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“ In Ontario and Alberta alone, sports injuries cost $54-million a year.”
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Are we babying our kids? Can riskier playgrounds make healthier adults?

Are we babying our kids? Can riskier playgrounds make healthier adults? | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“ Ithaca's Anarchy Zone pushes the boundaries with boards, shovels, wheelbarrows, old tires, rope and mud. Parents, relax.”
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Early pointer to school success

Early pointer to school success | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
Alyssa Sawyer considers the link between self-regulation in early childhood and later academic achievement.

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The Ten Commandments of Play-Based Learning

The Ten Commandments of Play-Based Learning | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
My day-to-day work with young children paired with the here-and-there trainings and consultations I do with other early childhood professionals continue to teach me this: one of the most difficult ...

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Play Based Learning - Together Families

Play Based Learning - Together Families | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
RECEs across the country know how important play based learning is because it’s the core of their teaching methods.

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25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently

25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: We often look at the qualities and characteristics of good teaching and learning, including the recent following pieces: How A Good Teacher Becomes Great What You Owe Your Students T...
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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
At Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, children spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. Instead of math or literacy requirements, they focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.
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Outdoor learning center to open at Andrew - Chicago Tribune

Outdoor learning center to open at Andrew - Chicago Tribune | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
Outdoor learning center to open at Andrew Chicago Tribune Last year, the district tore out the asphalt and created a fenced-in grass area with a playground for the district's early childhood education program and a gazebo for an outdoor classroom,...
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Risk and Reward in Nature Play | Ecology Global Network

Risk and Reward in Nature Play | Ecology Global Network | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
All parents want their children to be safe, but our strict standards - no risks, no injuries – are now being applied to children’s nature play.
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Cascade County Boys and Girls reap benefits of garden

Cascade County Boys and Girls reap benefits of garden | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
Children worked diligently at their gardens to grow food for Boys and Girls Clubs.
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Coding for kids: App teaches kindergartners basic computer programming

Coding for kids: App teaches kindergartners basic computer programming | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games.
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Sometimes Inquiry-Based Teaching Leads You! | Inquire Within

Sometimes Inquiry-Based Teaching Leads You! | Inquire Within | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“ This entry was posted in Inquiry and tagged authentic learning, Critical thinking, Debate, Education, inquiry, Inquiry Based Learning, learning, Research, Student, student driven, Town council. Bookmark the permalink.”
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Fatima Formariz's curator insight, August 17, 5:15 PM
An account of an authentic inquiry.
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A Reggio Emilia approach helps early years staff better understand how ... - Day Nurseries

A Reggio Emilia approach helps early years staff better understand how ... - Day Nurseries | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“Day Nurseries A Reggio Emilia approach helps early years staff better understand how ...”
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Creative Kid Defeats Kindergarten Worksheets - ChicagoNow (blog)

Creative Kid Defeats Kindergarten Worksheets - ChicagoNow (blog) | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“ ChicagoNow (blog) Creative Kid Defeats Kindergarten Worksheets ChicagoNow (blog) When my grandson started kindergarten this year, I worried. After all, he's the kid I wrote about HERE who wondered when his preschool teacher would get her timeout.”
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New SK-Grade 1 Classes - BlackburnNews.com

New SK-Grade 1 Classes - BlackburnNews.com | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“ BlackburnNews.com New SK-Grade 1 Classes BlackburnNews.com Superintendent of Education Clara Howitt says the inquiry and play-based learning models of full-day kindergarten make this change a positive one.”
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5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms @EducationDive

5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms @EducationDive | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
“These platforms are among the best providing a more engaging science, technology, engineering, and math learning experience.”
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LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: Students can grow minds beyond classroom - Suburbanite

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: Students can grow minds beyond classroom - Suburbanite | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: Students can grow minds beyond classroom Suburbanite Each of these places offers different programs designed to help children learn through play and to get a different sort of education apart from textbooks, dry erase boards...

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New Kindergartener goes way above and beyond while reading his sight words. Incredible…

New Kindergartener goes way above and beyond while reading his sight words. Incredible… | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
This 5-year-old's teacher sent home a list of this week's sight words for him to practice with his parents. I think it's safe to say, it's time for this little genius to move on to the next reading level...
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5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Get Your Kid Ready for Kindergarten

5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Get Your Kid Ready for Kindergarten | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
With the arrival of August, many 5-year-olds are hearing a special question: "Are you excited about kindergarten?" For parents, a different question may come up: "Is my child ready?" As a kindergar...
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Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom

Establishing A Culture Of “Can” In Your Classroom | TCDSB Early Years (ages 0 to 6) | Scoop.it
"The long-term output of any school should be not just proficient students, but enabled learners. An “enabled” learner can grasp macro views, uncover micro details, ask questions, plan for new knowledge and transfer thinking across divergent circumstances. This doesn’t happen by content “knowledge holding,” or even by the fire of enthusiasm, but by setting a tone for learning that suggests possibility, and by creating a culture of can."
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 4, 9:35 PM

One of my favorite videos on growth mindset is Carol Dweck sharing the word yet, specifically where she says that if a student says "I can't do that" she says to tell the student to say "I can't do that yet." To me that is a way to shift the culture of the classroom, where students learn that as time goes on what they are able to do things they could not before.

This post explores this culture of "can", sharing ideas on how you might move your classroom to reach this culture. Three areas are discussed.

1. Use the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

This is a model that many of us may already use. The post describes it as "show me, help me, let me." In my school we talk about "I do, we do, you do."

2. Intentionally Use the Individual Student as a Culture-Maker

This requires that we find the time as we teach to "honor the contribution of others," specifically our students. Culture does not grow from a top down approach.

3. Diverse — and Authentic — Terms for Success

Creating a classroom that is learner centered, where students also have input to help create authentic learning.

More information on these concepts are in the post.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 5, 11:36 AM

Love the ideas here and realize the challenge of the mission. Our kids need to embrace their mistakes as learning opportunities rather than expect immediate mastery and feedback with praise.  i am thinking of making a classroom poster ( or posters) with the Word "YET" in giant letters and use that as our mantra.

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, August 18, 2:04 PM

Yes!!! Mine is:  You can do it!!!