Coach's Corner

February 9th, 2018

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Teaching Practice for Classroom Organization: I provide supports, cues, and learning opportunities that help children have smooth, efficient, and productive transitions between activities.

Smooth Transitions

Linguistic Scaffolding

Linguistic scaffolds provide children with advanced examples of language and literacy that expand and develop their current understanding.

See below for examples on how teachers can cultivate language and literacy development using linguistic scaffolds.

Here are some ideas that can help you talk and communicate clearly with your preschool students:

  • Use phrases that show you’re interested. For example, you can say, ‘Really?’, ‘Go on’, or ‘And then what happened?’
  • Try to say exactly what you mean. Preschool age children rarely understand sarcasm and you run the risk of hurting feelings.
  • If your student can’t understand what you’re saying repeat the same message in a couple of different ways. For example, ‘Put your bag on the hook’, or ‘Pick up your bag and hang it on the hook.’
  • Help your students learn ‘why’ by explaining things when you’re speaking. For example, ‘We don’t ride bikes on the road because we might get hit by a car’.
  • Give your students lots of specific praise and encouragement. For example, ‘Thanks for finishing the story when it was time to eat lunch’.
  • Make sure your body language and facial expressions match what you’re saying.


Conscious Discipline: A Story Hand

A Story Hand is a gentle hand massage accompanied by a personalized social story that helps a child deal with stress or anxiety. The story you tell will reflect a specific, personalized experience or concern for the child.
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Wishing You Well

Curriculum Connections: Friendship

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Circle of Friends Sign

Support peer friendships with the help of this activity that includes everyone in the classroom. With a poster board, some different colored paints, a paintbrush, and a marker, this Circle of Friends sign can be created as a group art project. To get started, teachers can draw a large circle on the poster board. Next, children can then stamp their handprints on the entire line of the circle (not on the inside of the circle). When the paint has dried, preschoolers can write their name as best they can in the center of the circle. Little learners will enjoy creating this friendship circle work of art as they practice teambuilding skills.

Differentiated Morning Work Bins

Just change the tags as the students become ready for the next challenging activity!
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Tech Connections: Alphabet Songs

Weekly Plan: (Link to Week 1 Dr. Seuss)

Duration Weekly Plan: (Link to Week 1 Dr. Seuss)