Self-care among Early Childhood Professionals Demands Self-Resilience

Last semester, when talking about self-care among early childhood professionals a student said, “In my program, they put a massage chair in the teacher’s lounge. If I take a break to use the chair then I am shamed by other teachers.” Heads of other students nodded. I paused to give students an opportunity to process the comment and formulate a response. 

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How Early Childhood Professionals Can Approach Communication

The topic of communication in the field of early childhood education is more dynamic and complex than most people inside and outside the field recognize. Early childhood professionals must communicate with families, children, and co-workers at the very least. But those roles are just the beginning.

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Inclusion in the Virtual Classroom

“Andrew, you talk so much about inclusion, but I feel like what you talk about does not transfer to our virtual classroom,” said a student the second night of class. I paused for a minute to process the question. In class, I always frame inclusion as an environment where everyone feels a sense of unconditional belonging and high access to opportunities. I use the DEC Recommended Practices and emphasize equality versus equity versus liberation. The classes I teach are virtual. We use Zoom. Are MY classes inclusive?

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Dad, Peer Pressure Can Be Really Bad

Last week both of my kids were introduced to a video on peer pressure. It wasn’t formally part of the virtual school learning, but it was included in a program that their classrooms use. Shortly after watching a movie where a character is “drunk” my daughters gave me a lesson on peer pressure. It started with, “Dad, peer pressure can be really bad.” The lesson was great, but it didn’t include anything on how peer pressure provides an opportunity for learning and growing. So after they were done teaching me we had a conversation on exactly that.

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Thinking About Gen Alpha During COVID-19

It’s been about a month since most of the United States quickly ground to a halt. As many have said, as a country entered a self-induced coma. Each day is unlike any that has ever been experienced. All the while, like all other parents of young children we have been forced to take on challenges that exceed our expertise, resources, and patience.

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Drawing a Scientist – Representation can Disrupt Stereotypes

About three years ago, just as my older daughter discovered riddles I came across a new one for me in a news article. This riddle was more striking than any others I had seen in the past and I thought I would run it by her. She solved the riddle immediately without hesitation! Me, it took a minute.

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Why are Most of the People Who Work at Airports of Color? And Pilots White?

Boarding the plane for a recent trip, my daughter inched patiently behind me counting each row we passed anxiously waiting to get to row 26. As we approached our seats she tapped me on the lower back and said, “Daddy, can I sit next to you? Sister can sit next to mommy.”

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