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! 

April 2, 2018

Think for a moment of the feeling you get when someone much taller than you looms above as they talk down to you. Or how much you surely enjoy it when someone looks over your shoulder and gives judgement to what you’re doing. Does it feel good to be corrected when you...

March 7, 2018

Some classrooms call it circle time, others call it a large group activity. In my classroom we call it a meeting. Whatever you want to call it, it is one of the most common times of day that teachers struggle with helping their students with challenging behaviors. The...

February 5, 2018

So, you’ve been practicing staying calm and compassionate in the face of challenging behavior. You’ve put yourself in their shoes and taken three deep breaths until you’re blue in the face. But keeping the right attitude is only half the battle – every teacher needs to...

January 2, 2018

We’re wrapping up “the most wonderful time of the year” and getting ready to head back to the daily grind. It’s the time when we reflect on how we want to improve in the coming months, and what we want to change about the way we live our lives. After all, none of us ar...

December 5, 2017

As early childhood professionals, we know it’s important to model skills for children. We use language that we want them to use, we demonstrate social interactions that are considered polite, and we sit at the table while we eat so that children will learn to do the sa...

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