Stop saying "Good Job"
The following article from Highscope, "Why saying 'Good Job' is not 'good practice" is an excellent article about how we live in a praise society. Kids are praised for everything and this can sometimes do more harm than good in the long run.
Take time to read through the article and be conscious of every word you say. It takes hard work to go from using praise to using encouragement, but overall it is worth it for the child.
Highscope uses a learning approach called "plan-do-review." Students plan what center they will play in, what they will play with and maybe who they will play with during the "work time." (My program calls this Choice time.) After the work time, students recall or review what they did during the work time.
In my program, we have cards that have different ways to plan and recall everyday. Not all students may have the verbal language skills to tell where they want to play. These cards have several ideas and ways to give all students the tools to plan and recall.
Ideas: See attached file for descriptions of all
whisper phone microphone
map of classroom
pictures of friends
names of friends
pictures of areas
sock puppetpuppets act it out
sign language brown bags
Learning Theories and historical roots
There are many theorists who have influenced early childhood education and the way that teachers today educate our young people. Earlly Childhood education does not have a very long history but many people have helped form it along the way. In order to learn more about the theorists and history, please follow the attached WebQuest. To learn about the history of Head Start and other major early childhood programs, please click on the head start logo below.