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Beware of Classroom Rewards classroom management

Deciding whether or not to implement a classroom rewards system is a decision worth putting some thought into.

Scroll through Pinterest and you can find all kinds of reward systems: sticker charts, brag tags, token economies, dojos, punch cards, candy rewards and coupons. The ideas are truly...

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Gross Motor Development Cheat Sheet assessment gross motor

Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements - Maria Montessori

Children love to move. Sadly though, Gross Motor Development in the preschool years is often over looked in classrooms. Many teachers think outside play is enough to develop any...

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The Honest Truth about Behavior Charts classroom management

Behavior charts in schools are a hot topic. Many preschool teachers use them. But, are they harmful to young children? Here is my take…

This is a story all about how my mindset got flipped-turned upside down! (Thank ya Mr. Will Smith)

So.. About 12 years ago I was fresh out of college....

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Going Beyond Managing Behaviors classroom management

Are you a teacher or a manager?

I don’t know about you, but I refer to myself as a Preschool Teacher, not a Preschool Manager.

So, why when it comes to behaviors in the classroom, we feel that they need to be managed? Why not taught?

I didn’t sign up to be a manager. I signed up to...

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What are Preschool Behaviors Telling You? classroom management

All behavior is a form of communication

So, what are your preschooler’s behaviors trying to tell you?

I’m a firm believer that children don’t do things just to piss us off.

Sure, it feels like it sometimes. But, truth is children aren’t born ‘bad kids’ they...

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Master List of Social Emotional Skills to Teach Preschoolers classroom management lesson planning relationships

We, as preschool teachers, are the experts of social and emotional behaviors. Just think about how many times you may have intervened in a squabble, comforted a crying child, calmed an angry one or helped a child solve a problem.

Probably quite a bit, huh?

But, in all honesty, sometimes doing...

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Teaching Preschoolers to Write Their Names lesson planning name writing

Teaching preschoolers to write their name is an essential task for life in kindergarten.  But, did you know that teaching children to write their name is so much more than just writing? Important prerequisite skills have to come first before successful name writing can begin. So,...

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Classroom Procedures Checklist classroom management

Procedure: a series of actions conducted in a certain order or manner.

As preschool teachers, we do procedures all day long.

It may not feel like we’re doing some super technical medical procedure, but we often find ourselves carrying out a series of actions in a certain order day...

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