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The Power of Classroom Observations

Several Years ago I was listening to an audio series by Bob Harrison (Doctor Increase). Mr. Harrison ran a successful car dealership in California for many years and now he travels the world and teaches success principles.

One of the principles that I learned from Mr. Harrison was this: Manage Your Business by walking around ! In fact, he called it a MBWA in Business!

I use that principle today in my child care facilities. I manage my facility by walking around. Moreover, you could let the video monitoring cameras do the work, however, nothing can take the place of good old fashion walking around and observing your staff.

Today I am going to share with you 5 things that you should look for when observing your staff and what to do with the observations.

  1. Is the teacher interacting with the children.
  2. Observe to see that the children are engaged in the activities.
  3. Does the room look safe?
  4. Is the teacher following your center or program classroom policies?
  5. Is the teacher of aware of the needs of the children in care?

Now that you have done the observation, you must do the following:

  1. Schedule a time to give the teachers  your feedback
  2. Share what you loved about the observations
  3. Share areas that need improvement.
  4. Get feedback from the teacher
  5. Plan a follow-up observation to look for improvement, then schedule a follow-up meeting.

For more staff management tips, be sure to subscribe to my 7-Day Child Care Business Management eCourse. You may also want to download a copy of my Director’s Handbook.

With your Success in Mind,

Shiketa Morgan

Creating A Classroom Space That Inspires Learning

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I believe that the classroom environment is the #1 teacher. In fact, children learn best when they have an environment where they are provided with lots of hands-on-activities that includes: exploring, discovering, problem solving and questioning.

Are you doing most of the teaching? If so, today I want to inspire you to create a classroom space that does most of the teaching and that inspires Learning.

1. De-clutter: Children learn best in an organized environment. If it does not belong in your class, remove it. Think about how you feel when there is clutter on your desk? If your answer was overwhelmed; that’s how children feel in a cluttered environment. Be sure that your classroom space is always organized, with the exception of playtime!

2. Set-up or Makeover Your Learning Centers: Toddlers, School-age and Preschool-age children  need clearly defined play areas. Having centers, provides the children with a variety of activities to explore in small groups. Check out the attached article: click here

3. Create a Literacy Enriched Environment:  According to Early childhood News, “In a well-established and well-organized classroom, there should be print everywhere!” This includes: Labeling toy containers, having a word wall, lots of books and so much more. Discover how to create a literacy enriched environment today, click here.

After you makeover your classroom space, expect positive feedback from parents. In fact, parents love an organized, literacy enriched and educational environment for their children.

That’s all for now and I think it is time for you to get to work on your classroom space!I would love to hear from you, be sure to leave your comment below.

Shiketa

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