Choose Joy

"Choose joy." We spent lots of time at today's Behavior Collaboration meeting discussing behavior management strategies, sharing ideas about "what works" -- we're planning a full day conference for October 2018 and it's going to be pure awesome, BTW! -- and every layer of conversation, every tip and trick, and every success story had one [...]

Compliment publicly. Correct privately.

"That date is wrong." "Can you correct that typo?" "You really need to..." Do you really have to "reply all" with that? I admit that I am biased against "reply all" - anyone who has received 104 "me too" responses surely feels my pain there. But when someone nitpicks in such a public way? Or [...]

Take a Moment to Make a Moment

"How many people do you encounter in a day whom you do not really see?" I doubt that Oprah specifically had educators in mind when she posed that question in O Magazine, but it couldn't be more relevant to our profession. If you work with children, especially in early childhood, your answer has to be [...]

Butterfly Wishes

This post was originally shared at on August 2, 2017. There's a small path in Burchfield Park, where children write wishes on paper butterflies and hang them from the trees.  As you might expect, there are wishes for candy, for toys, and for other treats. Scattered among those, you'll find quite few wishes that [...]

Slow Growth

I shared this quote with some early childhood colleagues, as part of a larger conversation about child development and having time to play -- but I'm convinced it's applicable to adults, too. Learning is a process and that process takes time. Why do we rush it? When I reflect on past experiences training, orienting, and [...]