Practicing what I preach

"Every training I lead, I'm compelled to live its message. " I wish I could remember the origin of that quote (if you know who said it, please let me know!). I heard it first early in my career, when I began working with and for early childhood teachers; I knew that I could impress [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]