There is nothing like 16 - 20 preschoolers to scare the heck out of a teacher in their first preschool classroom. Even teachers of older children - in school, church or camp - are rarely prepared for that first day of preschool. Thankfully there are a bunch of pros out there who are writing about it including A Teacher's Mind, and Literacy Launchpad. One of these pros is Trish at Preschool Playbook. She is a seasoned teacher with 20 years experience who just published a post about what her classroom looks like right now. She seems to have developed distinct areas with developmentally appropriate labeling of materials. This practice supports literacy development and a child's sense of order and safety in the classroom. "Everything has its place, even me".In the post she talks about how a course she took informed how she decided to change her block and family center. It is this kind of reflective practice that really differentiates high quality from low quality. What many folks don't get about teaching and preschool in particular is that teaching is not something that only happens in classrooms. Being an effective teacher requires you to process what is happening in your classroom, each day. You can't do that with kids needing you all day, so you do it at night, on the weekends, in the summer, and even ... on vacation. Then when you talk about this process you are able to change a fleeting, 3:00 a.m. insight into a credible action plan that creates better learning for children. Some teachers do this with a spouse, other with teachers, and some do it with blogs.
Whose blogs are you reading right now about the incredible process of "being" a teacher?