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Now that school has begun and we are getting back into our hectic schedules amidst an ongoing pandemic, your child is going to experience a lot of emotions. Change, a disruption in routine, new responsibilities, and distractions from family time will impact your child’s behavior. As a parent, you may be feeling frustrated with all of these changes as well. I encourage you to take a moment to lean into the “Yes Day” approach to reconnect with your child and allow them to have the best day ever. How do you make this happen? Well, let's get started:


Addressing negative behaviors without shame

by Johna Hungler on February 24, 2020 Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

“He was doing it first!” “She didn’t clean up!” “They were being mean to me!”

These common phrases are statements we hear on a daily basis in an ECE classroom. “Say sorry, don’t do that, I don’t care just apologize” are too often the reaction a teacher or parent may have at that moment. We all have times where we could have handled a situation better, used it as a learning/teaching opportunity, or built empathy from addressing the way our children have…


In order to conduct this research, it will be vital to compile data on how the classroom experience affects ESL students. There is extensive research on teaching methods that support or hinder ESL students. From integrated classrooms to training, numerous studies have been conducted to better support ESL students. Bridging this information with current research on the growing number of non-traditional ECE (Early Childhood Education) facilities and the benefit of this type of instruction, we can hypothesize how that setting can benefit ESL students. News articles have also highlighted the fact that teaching ESL students content subjects in their native…


What are cultural rights? Cultural rights were once viewed as a broader term for rights that we normally expressed as rights of the individual, including political, religious, or economic rights. Due to globalization and increasing sovereignty of countries around the world, cultural rights have come to focus on developing “a new sense of dignity, a new searching for ideas handed down from the past, pride in art forms perfected both before and during colonial rule, and the determination to rebuild the traditional cultures so often disparaged in recent centuries, or to protect new indigenous cultures from the onslaught of urbanization…


There is no clear cut line between what constitutes prejudice or racism, although there are certain behaviors and patterns that can be established by a person to say that their negative actions or comments fall into one of these categories, discrepancy lies in the motivation when it difficult to prove. Schools need to have a clear outline of what behaviors, actions, or language constitute prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. There must be a clearly defined pledge that stands against these characteristics to fight ethnocentrism. A protocol should be required to help identify patterns of behavior or decisions that seem to exhibit…


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Our community

We are so fortunate to live and work in a diverse, thriving community. Atlanta is culturally rich and has been at the forefront of social justice throughout history. Highlighting some of the most important events or people from this community is an important discussion to have with your child, but we must also be aware of the many different elements of our society that we might not know how to talk about with our children. A few weeks ago, I, along with some of my students and their families, delivered goods to those in need at Hurt Park…


Introduction

Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon with which you can use to change the world.” This idea, this challenge, is something that plays over in my head as an educator, a leader, and a global citizen. Educators hold the key to opportunities, instilling a person with knowledge. Creating an effective learning environment despite one’s resources, educators can greatly impact future generations to create change in their own communities and abroad. Teaching is so much more than a classroom experience; it lays the foundation upon which our students grow. This is where we must become aware of…


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As an ESOL educator, it is vital that the pedagogy be a part of the teaching process. Not only are we teaching content, but simultaneously teaching pedagogy for instruction. It is imperative that instruction and content be relatable to students whose culture may differ from American culture. Keeping those two points in mind will help to guide us in the right direction. When ESOL teachers are hired, they should receive the proper training (which has been accumulated throughout their studies) to relay information in meaningful dialogue. As the student body changes, ESOL educators need to become aware of the various…

Johna Hungler

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