Early Childhood Education

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20 Tips for Teaching Elementary School Virtually

By Andrea Earp October 6, 2020

It’s 9 a.m. Monday morning and you are logging into your first virtual learning session with your class of second graders. You are greeted by a few smiling faces, several blank screens, and some other random body parts. You encourage everyone to turn on their cameras and continue with your lesson. Instead of focusing, students… Read More

Virtual Field Trips for Kindergartners and Elementary Students

By The Editorial Team September 26, 2020

A first field trip can leave a positive, long-lasting impression on a child. From theatres to science museums, field trips are conceptual learning experiences that help children expand their way of thinking. These experiences also lay strong educational foundations for students that stay with them as they grow older. However, with many venues still closed… Read More

Career Options With An Early Childhood Education Degree

By The Editorial Team April 30, 2020

If you have a passion for shaping young minds, a degree in early childhood education can be a great way to jump-start a career working with children up to age eight. This course of study provides a strong foundation for a future in teaching and childcare. Degrees in early childhood education range from certificate programs… Read More

Preschool Director: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Editorial Team January 2, 2020

Preschool directors have an important role in early childhood education. In general, they’re responsible for supervising the daily programs and schedules, staff, and budgets at childcare centers or preschools. Preschool directors can work for private childcare centers or within public school district preschool programs. Many preschool directors begin their careers as early childhood education teachers… Read More

Resources for Early Childhood Education

By The Editorial Team November 3, 2018

Early Childhood Education: Resources, Theories, and Fundamentals Introduction Early childhood education (ECE) involves more than just teaching children basic skills and making sure they’re prepared to begin school. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ECE programs uniquely take a holistic approach to a child’s development, giving them the foundation that they… Read More

The Impact of Income on Student Success and What We Can Do About It

By Mary Jane Pearson, PhD October 30, 2018

The American Dream depends upon the belief that, regardless of your background, if you work hard enough you can achieve your goals. But extensive research has shown that income does impact student success. As educators, what can we do about this national issue? Read on to find out how one Portland school addressed the challenge. Research on… Read More

The Importance of Play-Based Learning

By The SHARE Team September 27, 2018

The No Child Left Behind movement seemed to discount the importance of play-based learning in favor of more explicit instruction and testing in the lower grades. But researchers and educators agree that play is a critical part of childhood learning that should not be sidelined. Here’s a look at the latest research on the importance… Read More

Get Outside! The Outdoor Education Movement Takes Root

By Jennifer Gunn June 28, 2018

Hand a toddler an iPhone, and chances are that child knows precisely what to do with it. Increasing screen time, over-testing in schools, and a national rise in students medicated for attention issues have contributed to the outdoor education movement. This movement gets students out of their seats and into nature. The call for an… Read More

Teaching kids about empathy, kindness, and compassion is a must for schools. More than one out of every five students report being bullied. Of those students: 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted 12% were the subject of rumors 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on 5% were excluded from activities on… Read More

Why We Really Need SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) Now

By The SHARE Team May 14, 2018

We live in a stressful world, and our nation’s children and young adults are coping with new and prevalent emotional realities we can’t ignore. Research indicates that when educators work to teach learners how to alleviate and manage stress, students become more likely to learn deeply, avoid negative behaviors and achieve successful outcomes with long-term… Read More

5 Strategies That Co-Teachers Can Use to Work Better Together

By Meaghan Maldonado, MEd February 20, 2018

Many teachers share their classrooms with other educators, and you might be one of them. Sometimes one educator is teaching the whole class while the other is working with English learners, students with special needs, and/or those with learning differences.  Here are five ways to help make the transition from flying solo to working in… Read More

Mindfulness Activities for the Elementary Classroom

By The SHARE Team February 14, 2018

How do you get a classroom full of energetic little kids to practice stillness? Believe it or not, it’s possible. Mindfulness isn’t new, but it’s undoubtedly become a popular classroom movement in recent years. What is it? According to Psychology Today, “mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.” This can happen… Read More

The holiday season is truly magical when we set aside time to focus on the joy and wonder of the world. Families and friends gather, spread the cheer, and and indulge in traditions. It’s a time when adults have an easier time viewing the world through the eyes of the children that we have been… Read More

In a constantly evolving education space, early childhood educators face a daunting task: They must create an atmosphere that encourages free, but also purposeful exploration. The best teachers pay close attention to each child’s unique talents and craft personalized, hands-on learning opportunities that spark natural curiosity. We asked Charlene Kaplan, a lead faculty member for… Read More

Good Advice: How To Be an Elementary School Teacher

By The SHARE Team February 27, 2013

This post has been updated as of December 2017. Being an elementary school teacher is one of the most admirable roles an educator can hold—at the same time, it’s no doubt challenging. You’re required to produce results for your district and are perhaps even evaluated based on those statistical results and data analysis. You have… Read More