Music And Song: Interview with Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners. Today Heidi joins us to talk about Heidi Songs and how music in the classroom can be a powerful tool for learning.

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The First Day of School

 
 

We are gearing up for the first day of school and we're here to give you some tips and tricks for making it go smoothly and for setting up your year for success. We include practical tips like... getting a pedicure and a haircut. Which are definitely serious suggestions. Trust us.

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Setting Up Your Classroom Part 2

 
 

As per your requests, we are going to talk more about how to set up your classroom, with specific tips for new teachers and more advice about organizing your materials and filing cabinet. Thank you so much for emailing us and telling us what you would like to write about. Please continue to send us your suggestions at kindergartenkiosk@gmail.com!

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Setting Up Your Classroom

 
 

Want some tips for setting up your classroom for the new school year? Well we've got some (considering we are both in the middle of trying to set up classrooms). It can be stressful, but if you take it bit by bit you can end up with a great looking room!

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The Great Disconnect: Interview with Michael Gramling

 
 

Michael Gramling is a lifelong advocate for social justice who found his professional home in 1979 when he discovered Head Start and embraced its values and its goals working as a Head Start teacher. Currently he spends most of his time visiting early childhood programs all over the United States as a consultant and a trainer helping programs to elevate the level of discourse in classrooms and to meet the needs of individual children. In doing so he has gained a unique perspective and a thorough and intimate understanding of how early childhood education is practiced in the United States.

Michael earned his Masters Degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in 2000 and has served as the coordinator and chief trainer for the Region IV Head Start Teaching Center at Western Kentucky University. In 2000 he developed the national training material used by the Head Start National Center for Family Literacy. He was a contributing author to the Zero to Three 2003 tome, Learning to Read the World, and has had two articles published in Child Care Exchange. Today he joins us to discuss his book The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: What We Know Vs What We Do.

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Our Favorite Books

 
 

Today is a listener requested topic. What are some of our favorite books for professional and personal development? Here are the books we mentioned. Buying these books through these affiliate links will help to support the podcast.

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Whiteness In Education: Interview with James Singer

 
 

James Singer teaches sociology at Westminster College and Salt Lake Community College and is enrolled in a doctoral program in the Sociology of Labor Markets and Social Policy at Utah State University. Singer is a member of the Navajo Nation and is a cofounder of the Utah League of Native American Voters. He is running for U.S. Senate in Utah and you can find out more about him at singerforsenate.com. Today he will talk with us about how "whiteness in education" affects the way we teach and will give us some ideas on how to make education more multicultural.

 
 

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Launch, Explore, Debrief

 
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Today we will discuss the launch, explore, debrief methodology. This is a great way of teaching a math lesson so that the children become more involved in the lesson as they are given a chance to explore math concepts on their own at their own developmental level. You may noticed that this episode was originally done through Facebook Live, which was certainly an adventure...

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Balancing Math Education: Interview with Sean Nank, Ph.D

 
 

Today we are joined by Dr. Sean Nank, a faculty member at American College of Education
 and author of Testing Over Teaching: Mathematics Education in the 21st Century. We will discuss how teachers can strike a balance in their teaching between concepts, procedures, and applications. The podcast is also crashed by three new co-hosts who all want to have a turn talking about math...

 
 

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Running Records: Interview with Kira Beck

 
 

Kira Beck is a Reading Recovery teacher and Literacy Coach who has taught Reading Recovery for eleven years. She currently teaches a class on using running records to help struggling readers in the Alpine School District. Today Kira shares her expertise on using running records effectively in the classroom.

Here are some video examples of how to give a running record. Keep in mind that you don't have to use a recording form with text as this may be too restrictive. For example, if the teacher would have recorded what the child said when he tried the word their wouldn't have been room to do so.

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Avoiding Burnout: Interview with Dr. Laine Young-Walker, M.D. and Vicki Davolt, LMSW

 
 

Dr. Young-Walker, M.D. and Vicki Davolt, LMSW join the podcast today to discuss the Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support program, a county wide initiative that assists early learning centers in establishing and maintaining effective learning environments. Dr. Young-Walker has recently published a study based on the discoveries she has made through this initiative concerning teacher support and burnout, namely, that supportive training has a positive effect on teachers of young children. The study, "Supporting Professional Development Needs for Early Childhood Teachers: An Exploratory Analysis of Teacher Perceptions of Stress and Challenging Behavior" was recently published in the International Journal on Disability and Human Development.

 
Laine Young-Walker, M.D.

Laine Young-Walker, M.D.

 

Dr. Laine Young-Walker, M.D. is associate Dean for Student Programs, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She was the principal investigator for 4 projects funded by the Boone County Children's Services Board:

1) MU Bridge--School Based Psychiatry--funded since 2015

2) EC-PBS (Early Childhood-Positive Behavior Supports)--funded through LAUNCH (2010-2015) and Boone County Children's Service board from 2015 to present.

3) SOAR (System Offering Actions for Resilience) in Early Childhood--funded since 2016

4) BC-EBB (Boone County Early Child Coalition)--recently awarded to begin in Spring 2017

Vicki Davolt, LMSW, is the EC-PBS Coordinator.

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Compacting the Curriculum into Half Day K

 
 

Today's podcast is a listener requested topic: How to compact the curriculum into a half day schedule? Well, it's tough, but definitely doable and well give you some tips on how to get it done!

Here is an example of Kathy’s half day schedule:

8:20-8:30 AM: Come in and Read (Short Literacy Activities/Name Tickets) (M/Tu/TH)

8:20-8:40 Specials: LIBRARY (W) PE (F) 

          -Opening and Math are cut to 15 minutes on these days

8:30-8:55 AM: Opening Activities

Calendar

Morning Message

Singlish

Activity

Math Lesson

8:55-9:15 AM: Shared Reading

9:15-9:25 AM:

"Imagine It" Phonics Lesson

Handwriting Without Tears

*10 Minute recess if the weather is good

9:25-9:50 AM: Waterford Early Reading Program

9:50- 11:10 AM: Learning Centers

1- Guided Reading (T/TH) Guided Writing (W/F)

2- Phonics Lesson/ Phonemic Awareness Lesson (Title 1 Aide #1) (Tu/W/Th)

3- Phonics Lesson/ Phonemic Awareness Lesson (Title 1 Aide #2) (Tu/W/F)

4- Math Lesson (Parent Volunteer Tu/Th) Rotational Choice from below (W/F)

5- Rotates between: Art/Dramatic Play/Listening Center/Sensory/Science Journals/ Writing/Alphabet Manipulatives/Toys/ Leap    Pads/Handwriting/Puzzles/Reading Room/Writing Room/Math/MORE!

6- SNACK /Computer

You can also click here and here to see her full day schedule.

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Gifted Students: Interview with Joelle Trayers

 
 

Joelle Trayers has been teaching GT Kindergarten for several years and loves it. She shares her teaching tips at Not Just Child's Play: Challenging Young Minds. She knows it's difficult to find ideas to really challenge kids in early childhood, but it can be done, and in today's podcast she'll give us some ideas for working with our gifted kids!

We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

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S.T.E.M.

 
 

Teaching S.T.E.M. (or STEAM or STREAM) in your early childhood/early elementary classroom is easier than you might think! In this week's podcast we'll discuss simple ideas for including more S.T.E.M. in your schedule.

Here are links to some of the ideas mentioned in this week's episode.

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This first riddle is the TED ed riddle I mentioned in the podcast. The next videos are riddles I made for young children to solve using STEM skills.

We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

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Dyslexia: Interview with Dr. Scott Crane and Emily Gibbons

 
 

One episode with double the knowledge! In this episode about helping students with dyslexia first Dr. Scott Crane talks about what it's like to live with dyslexia.

Dr. Crane has worked in education for the last 38 years as a teacher, coach, school level administrator, district level secondary education specialist, business manager, assistant superintendent and superintendent.  He has served in three school districts. He began his career teaching and coaching in his home town of Burley, Idaho and then spent 26 year as an administrator in Blackfoot, Idaho. In Blackfoot he began his administrative career as a middle school assistant principal and ended as the district superintendent.

In 2012 Dr Crane retired from Idaho and began his second career as the Superintendent of Grand County School District in Moab, Utah. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University and his Masters of Education, Educational Specialist and Doctorate from Idaho State University. As a child he was diagnosed with dyslexia and received special instruction to help him learn to read.

After the conversation with Dr. Crane, Emily Gibbons will discuss how teachers can strategically teach dyslexic students. Emily is the creator of The Literacy Nest. She has worked with children between the ages of 1 to 12 since 1996 in a variety of settings. Her Masters Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Literacy sparked her passion to create and design classroom materials. She has a thirst for knowledge and a deep desire to help struggling readers with dyslexia. She has an Orton-Gillingham certification through IMSLEC and creates resources that she sells through her Teachers Pay Teachers store to help parents and teachers ensure that every child becomes a reader.

To learn more about helping students with dyslexia, Emily suggests reading Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz. You can find it here. Buying the book through this affiliate link helps to support the podcast.

 
 

We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

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Dramatic Play

 
 

In today's episode we discuss the Dramatic Play center and it's benefits in the Kindergarten classroom. 

Here are 5 reasons why increasing play in the classroom increases learning:

Play Stimulates Thinking:
Play will stimulate children's minds and promote advanced intellectual development! It also is a great way for children to expand experiences through reenacting events. These reenactments allow experiences to make more sense and have more meaning, paving the way for future academic success.

Play Defines Social Roles:
Dramatic play helps children learn social roles and rules, and offers time to practice such social morays as sharing, taking turn, communicating to inform or persuade, and resolving conflicts, and cooperation.

Play Inspires Creativity and Imagination:
When children are engaged in dramatic play, they can be anyone that they want to be and can even do the impossible! This type of play encourages children to use their imagination and to be creative, as there are no limits. This creative ability will aide students throughout their lives as they become creative and learn to solve problems.

Play Builds Emotional Strength:
Young children have a hard time understanding and controlling feelings. By engaging in creative play, children can learn to manage and understand certain feelings by re-enacting episodes. Dramatic play can also enhance children's ability to empathize with other people.

Play Develops Language:
Dramatic play encourages expressive language. Children are motivated to convey their wishes to others and speak from the perspective of their pretend roles. In fact, it is often through dramatic play that shy or withdrawn children first begin to express themselves through language.

Don't have a Dramatic Play Center in your classroom? Well give you some tips and ideas to get you started!

Playworks: Interview with Chris Conard

 
 

Playworks is a leading nonprofit that brings safe and healthy play to children. One keystone element of the Playworks program is leveraging the power of play to encourage social emotional learning, which empowers kids with lifelong skills like empathy, leadership, and conflict resolution.

Chris Conard has been working with Playworks since 2007 and is continually inspired by the power of play in education. Beginning as a program coordinator in the Bay Area, he has worked his way up the Playworks ladder including such positions as the administrative associate and national expansion manager. He is excited to bring his love for Playworks to Salt Lake City and help others spread the power of play. Chris is continually motivated by the way play can be a vehicle for social change.

We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

If you enjoy the podcast and can review us on iTunes that would be amazing of you! We really appreciate your reviews as they help us continue to make the podcast and help other teachers to find us. 

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Creating Learning Games

 
 

Want to know how to turn dry lesson plans from your big box curriculum into fun, engaging lesson plans that are developmentally appropriate? In today's podcast we discuss easy ways you can make interactive, hands-on activities that your students will love.

We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

If you enjoy the podcast and can review us on iTunes that would be amazing of you! We really appreciate your reviews as they help us continue to make the podcast and help other teachers to find us. 

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Becoming Brilliant: Interview with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D

 
 

Our interview today is with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D, author of the book Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less about the new book she has written with Roberta Michnick Golinkoff: Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children. It's so inspiring to hear her vision for the future of education. Here's a sample:

"I want to suggest that teacher's make a difference every day. I meet wonderful people who are out there giving of themselves to help every child get a chance and I think teachers are just the most remarkable people. I don't believe that any of us, including teachers, can do it all and sometimes society expects us to solve every problem, to make every cure, and I think that's an unfair burden. Trust yourself... learn what we know and use it. There's a lot of science of learning that's out there for the taking so we shouldn't just do what the book told us to do on Tuesdays because it's Tuesday. Learn a little bit about what goes behind the teaching. Not just what the response ought to be; what the processes are. I'll tell you why that's so important. One day I went to a school and a little girl raised her hand because they were asking about an animal, what animal was it, and the kid got it wrong, but the kid said "tiger" instead of "cat". There was an opportunity there because "tiger" wasn't as wrong as "bear" or "snake" or "bird". If you thought about the process you could say, "Actually, a tiger's related to the feline family!" That helps the kids make connections to have stronger vocabulary. So learn what's out there. Trust yourself. Learn what's out there. Help parents understand that you're their best advocate and amid all the constraints that are out there, and, gosh, I know there are many. Try, at least, beyond those constraints to add you. To add a love of learning, a little bit of playful learning, in that classroom."

Trust yourself... learn what we know and use it.
— Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
 
 

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We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

If you enjoy the podcast and can review us on iTunes that would be amazing. We really appreciate your reviews as they help us continue to make the podcast and help other teachers to find us. 

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Blending and Segmenting

 
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In today's podcast we discuss blending and segmenting and some of the ways you can help kids practice these skills in your classroom. We hope you enjoy the podcast and get some helpful hints and suggestions for your class!

We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

If you enjoy the podcast and can review us on iTunes that would be amazing. We really appreciate your reviews as they help us continue to make the podcast and help other teachers to find us. 

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