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Are You Using Your Classroom Center Chart Effectively?

Everything in an early childhood setting should promote the development of skills.The items in your classroom centers – the blocks, dramatic play props, books, manipulatives – help children to develop literacy, math, science and critical thinking skills.Skill development should also be the purpose of your Center Choice Chart.Unfortunately, many teachers use the chart improperly and miss the skills that it should be promoting – decision making and self-confidence.
When a Center Choice Chart is used correctly, the students are using it to make choices.The measures of quality early childhood education such as the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) emphasize the importance of free choice throughout a student’s day.The Center Chart is a visual clue as to choice and decision making. When used properly and with pro-social skill development in mind, it is not a tool for the teacher to make the decisions.
How do children learn to think critically and make good choices if adults are…

Do You Unintentionally Mock or Demean Children? How to Avoid Negatively Impacting Young Children With Your Reactions

Imagine – you are in a study group and you accidentally mispronounce a word or use the wrong word in your sentence.The group facilitator thinks your mispronunciation is kind of cute and funny so she starts to say the word the same way.It catches on and everyone is now saying it while they sort of smirk at each other.How would you feel?Would you be embarrassed and perhaps a little angry?
I was in a group of adults last week and someone did, in fact, use the wrong word in a sentence.It was an obvious error but no one repeated it.We just let it go.That’s what adults do because we know that repeating the error is mean.We didn’t repeat it because it would demean the person in our group.So why do so many adults to that to children?
A young girl had trouble with the letter L.The word “lollipop” sounded like “waweepop.”In the course of a 20 minute observation time in the classroom, I witnessed 3 adults repeat, “Waweepop” – one teacher and two parents.It is possible that the preschooler did not …