How Preschool Teachers Do It

How Preschool Teachers Do It

Do you wonder how experts in working with early learners address children's behavior and motivate them to be their best selves? If you are a family member, teacher or anyone who impacts the lives of young children, join Alison Kentos (Early Childhood Teacher) & Cindy Terebush (Early Childhood Consultant & Author) every Monday to find out how a preschool teacher and early childhood consultant do what they do every day! Cindy Terebush, author of "Teach the Whole Preschooler: Strategies for Nurturing Developing Minds" is a sought after presenter and consultant. She has spent more than 20 years working with young children and families.Cindy is the author of the popular blog “Helping Kids Achieve with Cindy Terebush." Cindy is a frequent contributor of articles for educational and parenting publications and websites. She was an online reporter for "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink." Cindy has been a guest panelist on "Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato" and has been interviewed for "Caucus Up Close." Alison Kentos has over 20 years of experience being a teacher, leader and advocate in the early childhood field. She is currently an early childhood teacher for Mendham Township Elementary School in Mendham, New Jersey. She has taught in a variety of settings for children ranging from infancy to school age. Alison is a board member of the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children and is an advocate for early childhood education. She has lobbied in Washington DC for high quality preschool education.

Episodes

July 26, 2021 24 min
What does a child being brave look like? Or maybe we should ask - What doesn't it look like? Join Alison and Cindy for a conversation about the messages we may be giving to children without even realizing we have it backward!
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Is the fear of mistakes and failure stopping all progress in your early childhood setting or home? Cindy and Alison discuss why that happens and how to start moving past it.
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If crafts are not evidence of learning, then what is? Prepare to be impressed by what real evidence of children's existing knowledge and new learning looks like!
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What is creativity and how does it help young children? Cindy and Alison discuss the many expressive and behavioral benefits when children bring their own ideas into existence.
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It's the requested recommendation episode! Cindy and Alison discuss where you can learn reputable information about helping children with challenging behavior, understanding developmentally appropriate practice, and more.
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June 21, 2021 19 min
Are we setting up self-fulfilling prophecies that will impact the children for years? Are we unintentionally shifting their view of themselves because of us? Join Alison and Cindy for this lively and important discussion.
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We are at a pivotal point in our early education systems where we can decide what the future will be for not only our students but also our educators. Cindy and Alison discuss the need for the same sort of respect for educators as we know we need to give to children. What should that include? How can it be impactful? Listen and let us know how you feel about this discussion.
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Do you want to motivate your students, staff, or even your administrators? Cindy and Alison discuss one key to building a motivated environment. It sounds so simple, but how often do you see this happening?
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In this episode recorded earlier but never released, Cindy and Alison discuss real ways to teach math in preschool. What's a less real way? Listen to find out!
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As the school year draws to a close, young children realize that a big change is ahead. Join Alison and Cindy for a discussion about how to help them with their end-of-the-year anxiety.
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Do you work in a mixed age group or have multiple children at home? Cindy and Alison discuss the explanations we need to give to younger children about what they tend to do when they are learning or playing with older children.
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What propels more forward motion in a time of change? It may surprise you! Cindy and Alison discuss one potential stumbling block as early education staffs try to move into the next phase of early education.
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We knew there were advantages to being bilingual, but we didn't know all this! Join Alison and Cindy to learn about how learning 2 languages when very young is even more beneficial than you thought?
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Why isn't parent education about child development and developmentally appropriate practice an embedded part of existing systems? How can we expect families to understand the preschool years if they don't have access to high-quality learning like early childhood professionals and how can we encourage them to attend it? Cindy and Alison share their ideas for this systemic change.
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April 19, 2021 21 min
There's much more to figuring out if children and adults are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners than you may have thought. Join Alison and Cindy for a discussion about all the different ways to identify different learners. You may even recognize yourself!
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April 12, 2021 23 min
Cindy and Alison discuss one of those "always been done this way" situations - public displays of behavior - their impact, and how we might adjust them before the next school year.
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April 5, 2021 20 min
How present are you when children focus on an object or task? Do you focus with them on what they see? It is good for them and it is great for your mental health! Cindy and Alison discuss this powerful and brain-building interaction with children that has benefits for all.
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Now and always, fostering 1:1 relationships with children should be a priority. In this episode, Cindy & Alison discuss Dr. Robert Pianta's "Banking Time." Consider how you might bank time with children to intentionally develop connections that you can draw from when they need us most.
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March 22, 2021 23 min
If children learning at home who had 1:1 time with teachers online during the pandemic have pulled ahead of their peers, it proves that we have never spent enough 1:1 time with them. How can we take this information and improve the future of early childhood education? Join Alison and Cindy as they discuss lessons for the future.
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Was your school day divided by subject area when you were a child? Was math time separate from language arts time which was separate from socialization time? Join Cindy for a discussion about the skill-building perspective you never learned in that system.
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