Not Just Cute, the Podcast is like listening to a conversation with your nerdy best friend. Who happens to be obsessed with child development. Each episode covers a different topic related to parenting, early childhood education, and healthy, whole child development in order to support teachers and parents in serving young children.
Episode 42: Thrivers (with Dr. Michele Borba)
Dr. Borba's newest book, THRIVERS: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle While Others Shine, combines scientific studies, input from dozens of researchers/experts focusing on resilience, and interviews with more than 100 young people from all walks of life. Through all of that research, Dr. Borba found something surprising: the difference between those who struggle and those who succeed comes down not to grades or test scores, but to seven character traits that set Thrivers apart (and set them up for happiness and greater accomplishment later in life).
Find show notes at https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode42
Episode 41: Lessons from Remote Teaching (with Allison McDonald)
One year ago, Allison McDonald was teaching preschool in the state of Washington and writing her popular blog, No Time for Flash Cards. Like many other teachers, her class was suddenly canceled when the pandemic hit and the world shut down. After the initial shock, her school began talking about how they could safely move forward and continue serving children and families. While working with her team to answer those questions, Allison was fielding similar questions from teachers in her online world as well.
Over the past year, she’s been innovating to serve her own students while also supporting teachers around the globe during this unique and challenging period. Through it all, she’s not only discovered tips and concepts to help teachers through a pandemic, but she’s also identified key questions that we can all use to guide us now AND as we move forward.
Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode41
Episode 40: What's New with DAP?
Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode40
After the U.S.- based National Association for the Education of Young Children – or NAEYC – launched its national accreditation system for early childhood learning programs in the early 1980s, they made an interesting observation. While their accreditation criteria frequently referenced the term “developmentally appropriate practice”, when they met with different people across a variety of programs, they found little agreement about what that term actually meant. In response, the association released a position statement in the mid-80s to help create a more cohesive understanding and application of the term across the field of early education.
In the same spirit of responsive care that they endorse, NAEYC revises and updates their position statement about every 10 years to respond to the current state of research and social discourse, and to clarify misunderstandings.
The Fourth Edition of NAEYC’s Position Statement was released at the end of 2020. If you’ve been curious about what kind of changes can be found in this latest edition, I’ll be jumping into some of the main concepts and key changes in this episode.
Episode 39: Let's Play, America! (with Pat Rumbagh)
Several years ago, Pat Rumbaugh was nicknamed “The Play Lady.” And the nickname stuck. After spending 25 years getting young people to play through her work as a PE teacher and tennis coach, she co-founded Let’s Play America and took on the task of encouraging people of ALL ages across the nation to prioritize play.
We’ll be talking about why play matters and how we can do a better job of setting aside time to play every day. In her TEDx Talk, Saving Play- One Playful Step at a Time, Pat not only shared her important message, but she delivered part of it while hula-hooping. Pat is clearly playfully passionate, and she has an important message to share today.
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Episode 38: Finding the Verbs and the Magic in Early Childhood Education (with Heather Jackson)
I'm so excited for you to meet Heather Jackson, director of the Reggio-inspired Sunflower School.
In this episode she shares her thoughts on verbs as thematic units, slowing down to capture the true intentions of the children we work with, and the beauty and importance in the magical thinking of childhood.
Whether you aspire to teach specifically from the Reggio philosophy or not, you will find so much inspiration in this episode.
If you’ve been wondering how you could do an even better job of bringing a child-centered approach to your curriculum or if you’re looking to bring more of the magic of childhood into your teaching practices, you are in for a treat.
Episode 37: What if We Taught the Way Children Learn (with Rae Pica)
If you’ve ever questioned the status quo in early education or wondered how you could better educate the whole child – particularly during this time of unique regulations – you’re going to want to listen to what Rae Pica has to share.
Find Show Notes at: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode37