For Your Binder

Sorry, There’s No Easy Toolkit for Social-Emotional Learning. But It’s Worth the Work
2020

What are we waiting for?  Sometimes I think we lost our faith in play. #DAP #learning #teaching

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The Right to Play
2019

Withholding recess for punishment is counterintuitive because the students who have trouble sitting still or being quiet are often the ones who would benefit the most from some free time to move around and regain their focus. #teaching #learning #recess #DAP #play #outside #movement #equity

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The Vital Importance of a Strong Foundation: Why early learning matters
2014

In this Not Just Cute blog post, author Amanda Morgan taps into the house metaphor I use in my PLAY book and uses true-to-life language (they were building a home at the time) that invokes both literal and figurative images of the importance of a strong foundation! #play #DAP #teaching #learning #parenting 

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The Impact of Rough and Tumble Play
2020

This is a brief - yet rich - overview of a few benefits of rough & tumble play!  #play #powerplaying #DAP

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Early Childhood Art Education: A palimpsest
2002

Learning to blur the boundaries between facilitating and instigating in an attempt to define how to teach, without teaching. #art #creativity #teaching #learning

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Lack of free play among children is causing harm, say experts
2011

In this brief update from Boston College, guest editor Peter Gray gives an overview of the articles appearing in the August 2011 issue of The American Journal of Play in which he had a few pieces. #play #teaching #learning #parenting

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Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
2013

From me:This is a good resource AND it still needs to be a "good" book; not a teachy preachy one. Kids can smell your agenda. #books #reading #equity #stories #teaching

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Why Contest Early Childhood?
2016

This essay questions the current dominant discourses in early childhood and offers alternative narratives, perspectives and debates.  #teaching 

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16 Outcomes for Early Education

A challenge: Start talking about the 16 Capabilities rather than academic readiness as the desired outcome for ECE programs.  Can you imagine every child going to kindergarten having mastered these 16 things?!?! #DAP #play #learning #teaching #pushdown

Also, you are going to want to read more from the author, Tom Drummond and his fantastic work in ECE, so click here to access his full website!

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How Gender Disparities Affect Classroom Learning
2020

If this is a new area of investigation for you, this is a good starting spot! #gender #teaching #learning #equity

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Visualizing Spaces of Childhood
2014

This article explores the connection between our image of the child and our understanding of children’s spaces. #playgrounds #play #panopticon

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The Tennessee Pre-K Debate: Spinach Vs. Easter Grass
2015

Another great article from when the preliminary Vanderbilt Study data was released (2015). The quote that caught everyone'e eye:  "It's like saying spinach is really good for you," Farran says, "but we can't afford spinach. But here, I've got this Easter grass. Maybe that will be just as good."  

Ouch. #DAP #play #learning #teaching

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