I’m OK! Building Resilience through Physical Play. Redleaf Press. (2016)
Children must learn to pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and bounce back. But how do you allow for the physicality required to build resilience when you are tasked with children’s safety? This guide provides the tools and strategies for creating a culture of resilience, including families in the process, and keeping safety front-of-mind.
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BLOG POST: How I helped a child overcome fear by not helping. Redleaf Press Blog. (Janaury 2017)
A story of a time I helped a frightened child build confidence and resilience by refusing to help him (sort of).
Listening as Leadership. Schools: Studies in Education. (Fall 2016)
“An early childhood educator explores his journey from teacher to teacher leader and examines the parallels between his teaching practice with young children and his leadership practice with respect to colleagues. The author finds similarities within the frame of listening, broadly construed—practices that help him to attend to and understand the perspectives, ideas, and needs of others. By drawing connections between his classroom and leadership practices, the author creates an understanding of teacher leadership that allows him to integrate his teacher identity across various aspects of his practice.”
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The “Make a Plan” Plan. Teaching Young Children Magazine. (October 2013)
This article for early childhood educators describes an approach to discipline that addresses seemingly intractable behavior challenges. The teacher and child become problem-solving partners by writing contracts together! I promise, it really works. Parents, this approach can apply at home too (though the piece is written for a teacher’s perspective).
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Supporting Children’s Reflection With Phones and Tablets, by Jordan Foley and Jarrod Green. Teaching Young Children Magazine. (June 2015)
Jordan and I wrote about some practices we’ve been exploring at our school in using screens to help children reflect on their own and others’ ideas.
Teacher Leader Administrators, by Lisa Smulyan, Jarrod Green, Jennifer Lunstead, and Becki Norris. Schools: Studies in Education. (Spring 2017)
“In this latest continuation of our multipart symposium on teacher leadership, we examine what happens when self-defined teacher leaders become school administrators. Do teacher leaders who become administrators maintain a teacher identity? Can they remain committed to their vision of teacher leadership when they take on the normative requirements and responsibilities of school administration? Through a conversation with three teachers leaders, we explore the rewards and trials of teaching, the choice to become teacher leaders and then administrators, and the unique challenges that face administrators who deeply value the professional, political, and collaborative work of teachers.”
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Fire and Ice, by Merryl Gladstone and Jarrod Green. DVAEYC Connection. (Spring 2015)
Merryl and I wrote this article about some of our school’s practices for connecting with both children and families.
Stop Teaching Children to Say Please. NAEYC for Families. (February 2015)
A piece for families about the distinction between using “the magic word” and being considerate, and some tips on how to help children do the latter.
Make the Early Learning Standards Come Alive by Gaye Gronlund; co-author, Chapter 12, “Communicating with Others about Early Learning Standards.” Redleaf Press. (June 2014)
Gaye’s wonderful book helps early childhood educators find ways to make early learning standards a positive and useful tool rather than a burden. I was honored that she asked me to co-write the chapter on communicating with families. Lots of great approaches to documention and communication!
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Observation: The Key to Understanding Your Child. NAEYC for Families. (November 2012)
This piece for families offers a tool for approaching and working on challenging behaviors at home. It’s an approachable version of Applied Behavior Analysis, a fancy tool expert educators use that can help you at home.
How to Bring “Big Body Play” Into a Kid’s School Day. MamaOT. (October 2012)
A piece for families and teachers about active physical games you can play with young children.
If I Ran the Circus (Blog)
From 2012 through 2014 I wrote a nifty little blog called If I Ran the Circus, which had stuff for teachers and families of young children. Here are some of my favorite posts.
- Tips for Starting Preschool (August 2013)
- Moving House (July 2013)
- The Importance of Routines (July 2013)
- Self-Regulation (June 2013)
- The Jarrod Green Maxim of Child Development (May 2013)
- Choosing the Right Preschool (May 2013)
- Letting the Kids Pick the Punishment (April 2013)
- Blue Hat, Green Hat: Anatomy of an Activity (April 2013)
- Kindergarten Readiness (April 2013)
- Repeated Behaviors (March 2013)
- Influential Teachers (February 2013)
- In Defense of Coloring (February 2013)
- A Primer on Redirection (January 2013)
- Self-Control and Make-Believe (January 2013)
- Preschool and Elder Care (December 2012)
- Cleaning Up, and Other Challenges (December 2012)
- Punishment, Reinforcement, and Discipline (December 2012)
- Poverty, Rats, and Early Childhood Education (December 2012)
- Discipline, at School and at Home (November 2012)
- Marshmallow Test Redux (November 2012)
The Children’s Community School Blog
- Milk Caps and Coffee Cans (October 2014)
- A Commercial-Free Childhood (September 2014)
- Curriculum Corner: Superheroes! (April 2014)
- Learning through Play: The Noise Machine (February 2014)
- Learning to Read (January 2014)
- Learning to Write (January 2014)
- The Value of Ring-Around-the-Rosie (December 2013)
- Getting into a New Routine (September 2013)
Picture Book Picks
In 2012 and 2013 I wrote a blog kind of thing reviewing picture books. It’s got a couple dozen books—some well-known, some not—that any children’s book library should contain. Check it out, at Jarrod’s Picture Book Picks. (Link returning soon.)
Teachers Write Now
Since 2013 I’ve been a member of a teacher leadership group, composed of Philadelphia educators coming together to share practices, support each other in developing our work, and to write. From time to time we publish things, individually or as a group. Read some of that at TeachersWriteNow.weebly.com.
Observing Your Child’s Challenging Behavior: A guide for parents and families (PDF)
This is a handy little tool for families facing challening behaviors from their young child. It walks you quickly through the reasons that observation can be a helpful tool, gives some tips on how to do it usefully, provides some examples and a little tool for note-taking.
Ideas for the Sensory Table and Ideas for the Easel
The sensory table and the easel are staples of the preschool classroom, and important tools for physical and creative development. But so often we all find ourselves putting out the same things over and over again. No longer! With ideas from many resources and colleagues, I put these documents together as resources. Feel free to print them, share them, whatever, as long as you credit me. Enjoy! And please contact me if you have ideas to add.