Making a Schedule

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The beginning of the school year is upon us, and, if you are like us, you are hard at work making your daily schedule. It can be a daunting task sometimes, so in this podcast, we’ll give you some ideas for how to make your day work for you!

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Providing Reading Interventions That Support All Students

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Today our podcast will be a little different. We’ll be sharing with you a recording of a video presentation Kathy made for ESGI. In this presentation, you’ll learn some great strategies for effective intervention in your classroom, or tips on how to group your students for ELA centers.

If you haven’t tried ESGI yet, sign up for your free trial today.

You can see the video of this information below:

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The Best Things About Kindergarten

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In our opinion, Kindergarten is the very best grade you could ever hope to teach! In this podcast episode, we’ll tell you why! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and let us know your favorite things about teaching Kindergarten!

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Tips For New Teachers: Interview with Vanessa Levin

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This is going to be a great podcast interview for our listeners who are new teachers or new to kindergarten. Vanessa provides you with some great ideas and tips for making your first years stress free!

Vanessa Levin is a Pre-K teacher with more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience. She is committed to helping teachers teach better, save time, and live more by providing them with everything they need to create a fun and engaging learning environment, lesson plans, and activities for their little learners. As an early childhood trainer, she has spoken to thousands of teachers in person at popular early childhood conferences such as Frog Street Splash, I Teach K! and NAEYC. She was honored to receive the 2012 CCAEYC Trainer of the Year Award. Her work has been featured in Scholastic Teacher magazine and on popular websites like BuzzFeed. You can learn more about Vanessa by visiting her website PreK Pages.

Vanessa is hosting a free online summit for early childhood educators July 15 - 19, 2019! Visit this link to sign up for this year’s Soar To Success Summit.

You can also get Vanessa’s free ebook here.

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Independant Work

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Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the other students when you are doing small group work? Never fear! We have some ideas for you to get your students working independently!

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Less Is More

Do you feel like you can’t cover everything in the classroom? Maybe you are trying to cover too much? In today’s episode we will discuss our “less is more” approach to classroom teaching that helps us to focus on what’s most important for student learning. We hope it helps you too!

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Linguistic Basics

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Today we will discuss how linguistics (the study of language) relates to teaching reading and how knowing more about phonemes, graphemes, and morphemes can improve your teaching.

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Making Music Magic In The Classroom

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Today we are going to talk about the power of using music in your classroom. There are four artistic processes that students can engage in during a lesson. They are:

Respond

Perform

Connect

Create

During Level One lessons students are engaged in responding to or performing music, during a Level Two lesson students are responding to or performing music as connected to academic content. A Level Three lesson engages students in academic content as well as musical content, and Level Four lesson involves students in the creative process as they experience all four artistic processes.

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Learning Names of Self and Others

 
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Hello Kinder Guardians! In this week’s podcast, we’ll be discussing some ways that you can teach your students their own names and the names of their classroom friends!

We also encourage you to try ESGI’s new program Dazzle to help you print your student’s names easily and in a variety of ways. Use code kiosk for a discount!

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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A Fresh Look at Phonics: Interview with Wiley Blevins, Ph.D

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In this week's podcast we talk phonics instruction with Wiley Blevins! Dr. Wiley Blevins is a world-renowned expert on early reading, and author of the seminal book Phonics From A to Z and A Fresh Look At Phonics, among many other works. He has taught in both United States and South America, and he regularly trains teachers throughout Asia. He holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University and has worked with numberous educational scholars, including Jeanne Chall, Isabel Beck, Marilyn Adams, Louisa Moats, Dianne August, and others.

In this weeks episode, Dr. Blevins will join us to talk about his book A Fresh Look At Phonics. I just finished reading this book and it's made a huge difference to my understanding and teaching of Phonics this year. One of my favorite parts of Blevin's book is how it breaks down the components of phonics in a way that demonstrates the systematic order we should be teaching in. With his permission, I've posted a few of my favorite tables from the book. First, a table of alphabet letters in order of utility, and then a table of the most frequent spellings of English sounds. I've also shown an example of one of Blevin's blending lines from his book. I loved the way that he builds differentiation into his blending lines, as well as review and repetition.

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I highly suggest that you get yourself a copy of Blevin's book to help guide your instruction this year. I'm so happy that I've read it!

One thing that I am changing in my instruction this year, based on my reading, is building in more opportunities for my students to practice the skills  they are learning. To that end, I've created decodable sight word sets based on the most common sight words and the Wonders sight word/letter sound progression. I will use these this year to make sure my students get the independant practice they need.

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Star of the Week: Building a Classroom Community

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How do you build a classroom community? Two of the things we do are "Friend of the Day" and "Star of the Week". In this episode we'll walk you through the procedures we use to celebrate each child in our classroom, to help the children learn each other's names, and to build a classroom "family".

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Academic Rigor

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We all know that an essential component of education is teaching with academic rigor, but what is rigor anyway? Today we will do a deep dive into that very question!

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Developmentally Appropriate Kindergarten: An Interview with Christopher P. Brown

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Today we have an awesome conversation about appropriate practice in Kindergarten with Christopher P. Brown of the University of Texas at Austin. Christopher is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education. He holds the Maxine Foreman Zarrow Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Education. He is a Faculty Fellow with The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is also the Past-Chair for the Early Education/Child Development Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.

His research centers on how early childhood education stakeholders across a range of political and educational contexts make sense of and respond to policymakers' reforms. He has looked at this issue across a range of political and educational contexts using multiple theoretical and practitioner-based perspectives that span the fields of early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, teacher education, and policy analysis.

Such work has led to empirical, theoretical, and practitioner-oriented publications on such topics as: high-stakes standards-based accountability reform in early childhood, early learning standards, pre-kindergarten (Pre-k) assessment, Pre-k alignment with elementary school, school readiness, culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate teaching, the changed kindergarten, neoliberal reform, teacher education, professional development, and teaching a mandated curriculum. Among his publications, 25 have been co-authored with 13 current and former graduate students at UT-Austin.

His recent publications focus on three issues: 1) Examining how familial, education, research, and political stakeholders make sense of the changed kindergarten; 2) Understanding how practicing and pre-service early childhood educators in high-stakes public teaching contexts can engage in practices that support the cultural, individual, and developmental learning needs of children; 3) Examining the development of preservice teachers as they employ iPads in their teacher training program.

You can read more about why the change in kindergarten matters in his article for The Conversation and more of his ideas on how to fix kindergarten in his article for Business Insider. You can also preorder his book through this affiliate Amazon link:

 
 

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Managing Behavior

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In today's episode we discuss some ways that you can manage behavior in your classroom (including some of our own nonexamples). Plus, Mom makes a big confession about her past... We hope you find some useful and practical ideas you can put to use right away!

Thank you to bensound.com for our theme music. 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. 

Kindergarten Kiosk is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, a network of podcasts for educators by educators. Check out the other great podcasts!


You might also enjoy these blog posts on behavior.

Behavior and the Trauma Lens

Behavior and the Trauma Lens

Flexible Seating: Interview with Patti Clark of Lakeshore Learning Materials

Flexible Seating: Interview with Patti Clark of Lakeshore Learning Materials

Patti began her career at Lakeshore as a Product Developer in 2000. As a former elementary educator with ten years of hands-on classroom experience, Patti’s passion for helping children learn was second to none. In 2007, she took on the role of Elementary Product Development Manager, overseeing the creation of hundreds of innovative products for school-age children.

The Importance of Storytelling: An Interview with Michelle Lazarow and Peggy Kaye

The Importance of Storytelling: An Interview with Michelle Lazarow and Peggy Kaye

Have you been trying to maximize the technology in your classroom? I certainly have. That's why I was so excited to find the Homer Learning app for my kindergartners! In this episode we get to talk to Michelle and Peggy of Homer Learning about the app and about the importance of listening and telling stories to the development of reading. You won't want to miss this one!

Part Whole Mathematical Relationships

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In this week's podcast we talk about the importance of part/whole mathematical relationships and some activities you can try with your students to help them develop this important concept.

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Want to work on Part/Whole Number relationships with your students? Here are some free activities for you!

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Taking Care of Yourself

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Inspired by our own December stress, we're podcasting today about ways that we as teachers can take care of ourselves. We hope that all of you take some time this holiday season to get some rest and reward yourselves for the amazing work that you do!

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Reading at Home

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Parents, do you need some strategies for reading with your child at home? Teachers, do you need some ideas to send home with students to maximize their reading time with their parents? In this podcast we will address some of the things that parents can do at home with their children during reading time to maximize their skills.

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Need some books to read with your child or students? Try these out!


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