Perspectives from the Field

Our weekly blog posts feature an inclusive collection of thoughts, experiences and reflections from diverse early childhood professionals living in Oregon. Tune-in every Tuesday to hear from varying perspectives on topics such as inclusion, nature education, parent communication, social-emotional development, and anti-bias curriculum.  Join in on the conversation by commenting on posts and sharing with friends, families, and coworkers! 

March 29, 2019

In my last article, I encouraged teachers to ACT instead of REACT.  In fact, in several of my most recent articles, I heavily stressed the need to identify possible causes or triggers of behavior in order to help prevent or minimize disruptive behaviors. However, as a...

January 22, 2019

 In the first article of this series on challenging behaviors, I quoted a former professor of mine who said that when examining behavior and corrective action, it is first wise to ask yourself, “What’s the harm?”  In this month’s article, I’ll dive a bit deeper into th...

November 26, 2018

In past articles I have discussed the “whole-person” view of childcare and education and provided five tools to use with children experiencing a meltdown or “tantrum.” While each of these tools are essential to have at the ready, it is also important to know when to us...

September 24, 2018

In my article last month, I wrote about teaching to and viewing the child as a “whole person.” For the next two articles, I want to dig deeper into the philosophy of the whole person and how it relates to dealing with tantrums and meltdowns. In this article I will addr...

August 28, 2018

“We must allow teachers and students to interact as whole persons, and we must develop policies that treat the school as a whole community.” Nel Noddings

Seeing the Whole Person

Nel Noddings, a professor of education at Stanford and widely-published author, pushes for te...

July 24, 2018

As I walk from one classroom into the adjoining room, I can’t help but let out a sigh. Before me lies what appears to be a mess. Boxes are stacked up, covered with blankets falling off here and there in what appears, to my eyes, to be a haphazard order. Really, it is a...

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