Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Annemiek Hoppenbrouwers. In 1968, two American teachers (Robert Rosenthal and Leonore Jacobson) performed an experiment with the children in their school . At the start of the school year, all
When I grow up, I want to be…
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Bodine Romijn. When I grow up, I want to be… What did you used to answer when a grown up asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Men in early childhood education – opportunity or threat?
This blog post was contributed by Gracjana Woźniak (Comenius Institute). Do young children really need male caregivers? Or perhaps men pose a threat to children? I am lucky to work in an institution where many men are employed – educators,
Myths about corporal punishment: Hitting children … Is for their own good?
This blog post was contributed by Nadine Correia (ISCTE-IUL). Hitting adults is called assault. Hitting animals is called cruelty. Hitting children is for their own good? This was the motto of a Council of Europe’s campaign, launched in 2008 with the objective
Miss/Sir, what is a virus?
This blog message was contributed by Astrid Cornelis (Thomas More). What if a 5-year-old asks this question? Flutter the question? Or wait a minute… Explain that viruses can make us sick or catch a cold? Admit you don’t quite know
To act or not to act? That is the question
To react and solve the conflict between children or to let them face the problem on their own? Where is the line between promoting children’s autonomy and maintaining order and harmony in the group? Joanna, an ECE professional from a
7 tips to make shared book reading even more beneficial for dual-language-learners
Preschool teachers are at their best during book reading activities, when it comes to posing challenging questions, and taking the discussion outside the here-and-now. We want our young dual-language-learners to share in these experiences and make them even more beneficial. I distilled 7 tips from her inspiring talk by researcher researcher Vibeke Grøver at the Equality & Inclusion conference in Utrecht in November 2019.
Do we ask too simple questions during shared book reading?
This blog post was contributed by Astrid Cornelis (Thomas More) Shared book reading reportedly promotes language proficiency, provided that the children are sufficiently challenged. The questions we ask play a crucial role in how much children will get engaged in
How to prevent children’s challenging behaviors in early childhood education
This blog post was contributed by Carla Peixoto (inED). Preschool teachers often worry about how to manage children’s challenging behaviors, such as throwing objects, disrupting other children’s activities, hitting, etc. While in some cases challenging behaviors are brief and easy
Innovations in ECEC do not always result in positive evidence. How should we deal with it?
This blog post was contributed by Helena Taelman (ODISEE). Educational professionals and researchers may build a nice innovation, grounded in the most recent insights of developmental and educational science. Nevertheless, it may not work as expected, since classrooms and schools