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 24, 2018

Growing up, most of my friends and relations constantly referred to me as an “old soul.” I was and still am a firm believer in books that come on paper, hand-written letters and cards, music performed on actual instruments, and face-to-face visits over phone calls or t...

March 26, 2018

“Mrs. Johnson, would you read us ‘The Book with No Pictures?’” Avery asks me as we settle down for pick-up time.

“No. I want her to read ‘Knuffle Bunny!’” Hazel counters.

“Can I read the matching book?” Scott asks.

Before I can respond to any of these requests, in walks a...

February 27, 2018

I have mentioned the OREO method of parent-teacher communication a few times in my previous blogs, and I will finally be addressing it in this blog. For those who have not heard of it, the OREO method (also called the Sandwich Method in business communication) of commu...

January 22, 2018

As mentioned in last month’s blog, I have found there are four primary reasons why teachers need to communicate with parents. In the last blog, I covered reasons for positive communication and regular specific praise of a student. If a teacher successfully opens the li...

December 26, 2017

“They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.”

We often hear this line when it comes to encountering frightening animals. However, the same line can be applied to parent-teacher communications. Teachers often dread the daily or semi-annual meetings with parents, bu...

November 27, 2017

“Mrs. Johnson, when Jake* finishes his nap, I need you to make sure that he folds up his blanket like this.” The concerned mom tells me as she quickly folds up her 3 year-old-son’s blanket into a neat square. “This is how I am teaching him at home, and I want him to pr...

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