Hi everyone, thank you for joining me today and welcome back to the blog! Conference week is always so crazy but I wanted to get Part 2 of the lessons I learned at NAEYC out to you as soon as I could. I did a video where I talk a bit more in depth about each of these if you want to watch it here: https://youtu.be/9zOookpBg2k
Otherwise here is a quick run-down of what I got from the second half of the conference!
The talk I was most excited about this year was "Using Video Reflection to Support FCC Providers." I know a lot of you feel that educator conferences tend to leave us family child care homes out of the mix but this talk showed me that there are more and more programs out there that want to help us succeed. This talk focused on a program available in limited areas here in California where they record your day in order to help you develop more strategies to keep your classroom run more smoothly. Since we are on our own most of the time I found the technique to be something we can easily do on our own by just setting up our phones to record a few hours of our day (maybe our most difficult) so that we can review the situations more in-depth later. While this might not get us outside opinions it will allow us to focus on improving with a more clear mind when the kids all go home.
Another discussion I attended was how to incorporate the arts into learning social skills. "Social Play through the Arts" explained really entertaining ways to get the kids working together through songs, games, and even theater skits. Watch my video https://youtu.be/9zOookpBg2k to hear the great activity they had us do as an example.
The last lesson I really honed in on while at the conference was gathering tips on "How to Create a Safe and Engaging Classroom." This is something I will go more in depth on later but it helped me come up with some good ideas on how to make the equipment we have in the classroom more meaningful just by tidying up and re-arranging. Stay tuned for a whole other blog post dedicated to all those tips.
Thanks again for dropping in and make sure you jump over to the video to hear more about the examples of these tips I picked up at the NAEYC conference.
Live Long and Keep Teaching!
What I learned as an FCC Provider at NAEYC 2019- Part2