One of the greatest pleasures in life is a great read. Books are a window to places we can often only dream of. A well-written book can open perspective about nearly everything, which in turn can dramatically change not only a viewpoint, but also a person's "way of being".
In the early childhood classroom, some of the best lessons are born of fun and fanciful, or true and touching, children's literature. There are several ways to approach literature-based teaching, and this series of articles will attempt to describe three of these: author based, thematic based and repetitious (or predictable) literature.
Whether in the early childhood classroom or working with your child at home, a comfortable space for reading and either an adjacent, or an incorporated, space for writing is important when considering environment setup. When reading/writing areas are accessible to block and imaginative play spaces, a thread of continuity becomes present in the learning process and math (spatial concepts, quantitative reasoning), language development (reading and writing) run right into imaginative play.
Cross-curricular activities result in print rich environments and children often learn at an extremely accelerated rate. Old adages become old for a reason, and certainly "Reading is the magic key that takes you where you want to be." How to make the most of early childhood literature will be explored in this series of articles and there is certainly a vast wealth of resources.
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A closer look as deadline for Chicago teachers strike nears
Yale study finds implicit racial bias in preschool teachers
Suspensions and expulsions at American preschools are doled out disproportionately to black students, boys, and especially black boys – a phenomenon that could be due, in part, to implicit racial biases on the part of their teachers, according to a Yale University study released this week. Researchers used eye-tracking technology to observe preschool teachers look for "challenging behaviors" in a series of videos portraying four children in typical classroom settings. While none of the children were misbehaving, participants spent significantly longer looking at the black children, especially boys.
Dos, Don'ts of Applying for Scholarships as an International Student
It's no secret that getting a college education in the U.S. is expensive, especially for international students. International students are also sometimes excluded from scholarships, since these awards frequently require applicants to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It can take some digging, but there are a handful of scholarships that international applicants may be qualified to win.
Supreme Court says it will hear special education case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it'll decide the minimum that public schools must do to help learning-disabled students.
What Employers Think of Online Criminal Justice Degrees
Searching for a job at the federal government level, Mark Shannon, an investigator for a court system in Cleveland, hopes that earning a master's degree in criminal justice will make him a standout applicant. The 29-year-old is pursuing an education online from Arizona State University, which offers him the flexibility to work around family responsibilities and an already busy work schedule. Many employers say that the format of a criminal justice bachelor's or master's degree program -- whether it's online, on campus or a combination -- holds much less weight in hiring decisions than other factors such as a program's accreditation and a student's performance in the process.
CA Gov. signs bill to use surplus land owned by schools as housing for teachers
Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date if deal not reached
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday threatened to strike if no agreement is reached on a contract with Chicago Public Schools by Oct. 11.
Chicago teachers union sets October 11 strike date
The Chicago Teachers Union voted on Wednesday to set an Oct. 11 date for a possible strike that could disrupt classes for tens of thousands of students in the country's third largest public school system. The union, which represents nearly 27,000 teachers and educational support workers, said its House of Delegates voted in favor of the work stoppage, which would be the city's third teachers' strike since 2012. It poses yet another challenge for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is struggling to stop a surge in violence this year and is under pressure to address Chicago's financial woes.
Michigan Attorney General says weak Detroit schools can be closed
Underperforming schools in the cash-strapped city of Detroit can be closed this school year, Michigan's Attorney General said in a legal opinion issued Wednesday to clarify an existing state law. The position is the latest development in a battle between the state's Republican and Democratic lawmakers over how best to address Detroit's struggling school system. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, said schools operated by the Detroit Public School Community District that are among the lowest achieving 5 percent of all public schools during the three preceding school years can be shuttered by the state's School Reform Officer (SRO).
Why Public College Costs More Than an Ivy for Some Middle Class Kids
The good news: If you’re the parent of a college-bound student, it could be cheaper to send your young person to an Ivy League school than to your friendly neighborhood public institution, a potential bargain for families struggling to pay for tuition, room, and board. The bad news: That down-is-up scenario, where a public education might cost more than a private one, is yet another sign that college costs are out of control. Throughout September and October, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities is running a Public University Values campaign which seeks to spotlight the value of public higher-education institutions.