Even the youngest of children are more perceptive than you think. They are watching. They are listening. They will mimic the people in their surroundings. Be an example.
- Young children can’t be “MEAN”. For toddlers there is a difference between compliance and understanding. Young children may follow directions but this does not mean they understand right and wrong. Don’t expect this at this stage as developing a conscious comes with time.
- High quality childcare and early intervention are IMPORTANT and PROVEN to increase academic skills and social competency. The focus on these two areas cannot be underestimated.
- Research continues to show us children have an untapped capacity for learning. Teachers should remember this and use different modes to cultivate this potential. Never underestimate the ability of any child.
- Access to high-quality educational opportunities is a HUMAN RIGHT.
- Teaching should be intentional, purposeful, and meaningful. Allow mistakes but give meaningful feedback. Teachers cannot expect children to learn if they are not given explicit and meaningful advice.
- Inclusion is good for everyone if it is done correctly. Period.