Our consultants are available via videochat each month to offer support and guidance with any questions you might have about emergent and inquiry-based curriculum, creative experiences, documentation, classroom environment, found materials, musical development, and other topics related to exploration-based education.
Videochats are FREE to members, and $20 for the general public.
"Documentation Check-in" with Robin Koo
Tuesday, May 15th, from 3:00 – 4:00pm = FREE
Join us in this free videochat series! Using the webcam on your computer, tablet or smartphone, participants can show documentation displays or loose documentation components and get feedback from the group. Getting someone else’s perspective on documentation can be really helpful, for both the visual and logistical presentation of children’s learning, and for the teacher-reflection process of the learning experiences. Join us in this monthly conversation!
Tues @ 3pm, 1/23
Fri @ 1pm, 2/16
Tues @ 3pm, 3/20
Tues @ 3pm, 4/24
Tues @ 3pm, 5/15
"Power Play" with Laura Araman
Thursday, Jan. 11th, from 12:00 –1:00 PM
In this videochat, we will discuss the learning and the benefits of different types of power play including superhero and rough and tumble. We will distinguish between them and discuss how they differ from aggressive play. In order to support children in being successful and safe in this type of play, we discuss strategies to help children learn about self-regulation, reading social cues, and making plans for play. We'll also cover ways to engage parents in conversation on this topic, so that we can address their concerns and support their understanding of this developmentally appropriate and meaningful type of play.
“Meeting Time for All Ages” with Jennifer Carvajal
Tuesday, Dec. 12th 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Jennifer will discuss the essential components of meeting/circle time in a progressive classroom, focusing on the importance of discussion, reflection, and flexibility. We will break down how meeting looks different between 2s, 3s, and 4s classes, including how to incorporate literacy with 3s and 4s. There will also be time at the end to address unique challenges and to brainstorm solutions as a group.
“Documentation Check-in: Feedback and Next Steps” with Robin Koo
Tuesday, Nov. 14th 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Getting someone else’s perspective on documentation can be really helpful, for both the visual and logistical presentation of children’s learning, and for the teacher-reflection process of the learning experiences. Utilizing the video camera for this videochat, participants can show their documentation displays (or loose documentation components) for feedback from Robin and the group of participants. We will discuss how to make the display of children’s learning highly visible, interactive, accessible, and clear, and Robin will offer suggestions on next steps with curriculum development.
“How to Transform 10 Ordinary Objects Into Interesting Materials for Children” with Robin Koo
Thursday, Nov. 16th 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Re-purposing ordinary materials isn’t always straightforward, and some materials require some prepping and processing before they become really interesting and ready for children to make meaning with. In this videochat, Robin will demonstrate how she transforms 10 everyday objects into materials that have multiple possibilities suitable for early childhood classrooms and children ages 2 and up, and will offer suggestions for specific activities and experiences that these materials could be used for.
“Supporting Children with Sensory Integration Challenges” with Laura Araman
Thursday, Nov. 30th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Laura will guide us in understanding the different ways children process sensory information, and how we can use this lens to understand a child’s development and imagine their experience at school. Laura will share information on the various sensory systems and behaviors we might observe in the classroom, and offer suggestions on how we can support children who have varying sensory processing abilities.
“Documentation Display and Other Forms of Documentation”
with Amy Miller and Robin Koo
Wednesday, December 7th, 3pm
Amy and Robin will share ideas about how to create a documentation display (or other form of documentation) that supports further curricular inquiry and that communicates effectively and clearly. Participants can use this opportunity to share their current work and gain feedback from Amy, Robin and the rest of the Videochat participants.
“Symposium Part A: Following-Up on Steps Towards Change”
with Robin Koo and Yeshnaya Dougherty
Friday, November 18th, 3pm – FREE Videochat
Join us in our first Videochat as we discuss the ideas and suggestions stemming from our first Symposium, "Making the Stories of Learning Visible." Yeshnaya Dougherty and Robin Koo will be available to offer support to educators and administrators as they make shifts in their pedagogical practice related to documentation, and offer feedback on steps taken so far.
“For the Admin” with Jane Racoosin
Thursday, May 12th, 3:45 – 4:45pm
Our next videochat will be with Jane Racoosin, Director of Beginnings Nursery School and Founder of Teaching Beyond the Square. Now that we are starting to wrap up the current school year and look ahead to the next, Jane will lead a discussion and offer suggestions to school administrators about staff development - how to plan for and optimally utilize staff/team meeting times and promote a culture of change, appreciation and development. She can also offer her perspective on any challenges you might be facing as a leader in your school community.
“Re-thinking Supplies for the next school year” with Robin Koo
Thursday, June 2nd, 11:00am – 12:00pm
ROBIN will lead a discussion focused on re-thinking the kinds of decorative, art, and craft supplies schools will need to order for the new school year. She can offer suggestions on what types of supplies schools should consider ordering in order to boost students’ symbolic development and to enhance the school and classroom environments.
“Beyond Spring planting and Fall leaves: Nature’s year-round presence in the classroom” with Alanna Pan
Time = TBA
ALANNA will lead a discussion focused on how nature can play an on-going role in the classroom, beyond the typical nature-centric activities. She can offer suggestions on how to re-think classroom areas and learning themes to include more of the natural world, and help educators re-evaluate what they’ve been doing already.
“Literacy in a 2s and 3s classroom” with Jennifer Carvajal
Thursday, April 7th, 2:45 – 3:45pm
JENNIFER will lead a discussion focused on what literacy looks like in a 2s and 3s classroom. Incorporating literacy into everyday learning for very young children, in ways that are meaningful and developmentally appropriate, is not an easy task, especially in the current educational climate. Jennifer can offer suggestions and examples, and help educators re-evaluate their environment and activities.
“Supporting Children with Sensory Integration Challenges”
with Colleen Goddard
Thursday, March 24th, 3:00 – 4:00pm
COLLEEN will lead a discussion focused on children with sensory integration challenges. She will define what that means, and then share ideas on how the environment and classroom materials can play a role in supporting all types of learners.
“Documentation Display Support” with Robin Koo
Thursday, March 10th, 3:00 – 4:00pm
ROBIN will lead a discussion focused on documentation displays. Utilizing the videocamera for this discussion, participants can show their documentation displays (or loose documentation components) for feedback. Robin can offer suggestions on how to make the display of children’s learning highly visible, interactive, accessible, and clear, as well as show examples of documentation displays at Beginnings Nursery School to highlight features to consider when putting together a documentation board.