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Sample Staff Meeting

TOPIC: Classroom Environments

  • Discuss and explain the environment as the third teacher

  • Learn key components to include in any classroom space

  • See examples of inspiring spaces

“We can choose to design spaces for miracles, not minimums.”   - Anita Rui Olds


In this presentation, we will discuss the meaning of the Reggio phrase, “the environment as the third teacher.” We will examine some of the key components of inspiring, child-centered, play-based spaces and view supporting images. Some of these concepts include seeking balance, including visual and physical accessibility, and incorporating nature. We will brainstorm changes to make to our existing classrooms and then break off into teaching teams to do the hard work! The coach will circulate through the school, helping teachers with challenging spaces and supporting their new ideas. We will wrap up the staff meeting with a tour of the re-invigorated classroom spaces.

What Participants Are Saying

The most important thing is that the work we’ve done with Yeshnaya has been amazing - everything she touches turns to gold. The teachers have been so inspired by her!
— Geula Zamist, Early Childhood Center Director
I just want you to know how much I enjoy your visits. You help me see things that I might not otherwise see because I’m so in it, and you’re motivating my teachers to make changes, which isn’t always so easy to do.
— Hope Blauner, Early Childhood Director
I came away from our day of learning more prepared and eager to start the year. One of my staff called afterward and had the nicest things to say about your presentation, our ongoing professional development and validation about her pedagogy.
— Merril Feinstein, Director
The work that Jennifer has done with us has been truly amazing. She has helped to move our school forward in a wonderful way.
— Ronnie Becher, Director
I wanted to let you know what a wonderful job Jeanne Graham is doing as a coach ...and to thank you for connecting us with her. Jeanne observed yesterday in one of our 2s classrooms and then spent an additional two hours after class to share her thoughts and ideas. Jeanne took very thorough notes and then presented her observations in a way that was diplomatic and supportive, yet accompanied by specific, actionable steps ... She also offered great feedback to help us as a team (there are three adults in the class) to tweak our classroom management and help things run a bit more smoothly. She is the just the right person for this particular coaching assignment—her tact, clear communication, and obvious skill as an educator were just what was needed to ...feel good about the process and to learn from her.
— Jennifer Moore, Assistant Director of Community Programs
We received some very positive feedback from the faculty about you yesterday! They really enjoyed having you visit the rooms. The meeting went very well and I noticed today as I walked around that both teachers in several classrooms were sitting together and fully engaged in meeting time with the children!
— Margaret Sculti, Co-Director

Other Topics


The Provocations Menu: Examples of Different Types of Provocations

  • Learn how to inspire children with a variety materials

  • Identify possible next steps after observing the children’s responses to the initial provocations 

Developing, Sustaining, and Documenting Emergent Curriculum

  • Discuss observation, note-taking and analyzing strategies and how they support emergent curriculum

  • Learn about a specific study and how it was developed as an example of emergent curriculum

  • Discuss process and final documentation as a way to track the study and communicate the learning

The Role of the Teacher

  • Discuss the role of the teacher as facilitator

  • Learn how to model, question, listen, and observe

  • Discuss when to lead, when to guide, and when to step back

Found Materials/Loose Parts

  • Discuss how to use found materials to support open-ended play experiences in the classroom,

  • Learn how materials support various types of learning and development.

  • See examples of children’s work from Beginnings and other schools with which we collaborate

  • Engage in a hands-on experience with found materials (optional)

Documentation: When, Why & How?

  • Learn the purpose and audience for documentation

  • Discuss the different between process and final documentation

  • See examples of unique types of documentation

Classroom Environments

  • Discuss and explain the environment as the third teacher

  • Learn key components to include in any classroom space

  • See examples of inspiring spaces

Observations & Note-taking: Systems and Purpose

  • Discuss note-taking opportunities and systems

  • Learn how to organize and analyze notes

  • Discuss how to use analysis to inform planning and next steps in the classroom

Creative Ways to Incorporate Literacy into a Progressive Classroom

  • Review the basics of how to teach reading, writing and language at the early childhood level

  • Learn how to use your read-aloud time to develop reading comprehension strategies

  • Learn how to create a writing center in your classroom

100 Languages/Open-Ended Art Experiences 

  • Discuss the concept of the 100 Languages and how it relates to the classroom

  • Learn of a variety of materials that can be used in the classroom to support open-ended experiences

  • Engage in a hands-on experience with a specific material (optional)

Morning Meeting/Circletime

  • Discuss how to use this group time to build a community, strengthen literacy concepts, and support conversation and curriculum

  • Learn how to take this time from just classroom jobs to being the anchor of your day 

Behind the Scenes: Intentional Planning in a Progressive Classroom

  • Learn systems and planning components to keep your classroom organized and intentional

  • Discuss beginning-of-the-year preparations, classroom environments, and observational/note-taking strategies

Holidays Through the Reggio Lens

  • Discuss how to plan for upcoming religious and secular holidays while keeping the children’s best interests at heart

  • Brainstorm big ideas, essential questions, and potential provocations/initiations for each holiday

Classroom Portfolios for Each Individual Child

  • Learn how to organize, track, and document the journey of each child through your school year

  • Discuss a variety of components that could be considered for the portfolio

  • Identify how to fit this expectation into your existing responsibilities 


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