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How do you help all children thrive? Get in-depth discussions and insider tips with Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Each episode gives access to real-world strategies and tools for dealing with behaviors that are challenging, pressures to “ready” children for Kindergarten, and the goal to build kinder, more inclusive, and more creative classrooms, which address the whole child. The host, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, has 30 ears of experience in teaching and supporting early educators. You, too can become an ECE {R}evolutionary and reclaim children's right to learn through play, reimagine inclusive classrooms, and revolutionize early care and education.

PreKTeachandPlay.com Podcast Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

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How do you help all children thrive? Get in-depth discussions and insider tips with Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Each episode gives access to real-world strategies and tools for dealing with behaviors that are challenging, pressures to “ready” children for Kindergarten, and the goal to build kinder, more inclusive, and more creative classrooms, which address the whole child. The host, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, has 30 ears of experience in teaching and supporting early educators. You, too can become an ECE {R}evolutionary and reclaim children's right to learn through play, reimagine inclusive classrooms, and revolutionize early care and education.

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly When it Comes to Praise, Rewards, and Punishment

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly When it Comes to Praise, Rewards, and Punishment

    Anyone else confused about when to praise a child...if ever? When to reinforce something? What about punishment?
    Wow...supporting children who are experiencing big emotions is not for the faint of heart that's for sure.
    And it seems everyone (including me) has an option on how to "weather the storm".
    In this PreK Teach and Play podcast episode, Alyssa Blask Campbell, Laura Fish, Dr. Shauna Tominey and I dig deep into what we mean when we use phrases like praise, rewards, and punishment. We also work really hard to share practical ideas to help teachers and parents support young children's development and to weather the storm of big emotions.
    During our conversation, we examine...
    How to avoid teaching compliance over connection Why our own emotional responses to undesired behaviors can result in both children and ourselves becoming dysregulated How traditional views on praise, rewards, and punishment need a makeover...where our aim is to help the child develop, not manage their behavior. Key take aways...
    And while we share many tips and suggestions...we all agree on the need to hone our own awareness of what is going on (for ourselves and our children) and for co-regulating when supporting children's emerging ability to self-regulate.
    This episode also includes access to a collection of annotated resources to help you think beyond Applied Behavior Analysis and the use of behavior charts.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Inclusive Tips and Solutions for Early Educators with Ijumma Jordan and Dr. Isela Garcia

    Inclusive Tips and Solutions for Early Educators with Ijumma Jordan and Dr. Isela Garcia

    What does inclusion mean to you?

    For me, it is a fundamental human right...NOT just a rite-of-passage. It is when we experience a true sense of belonging. ​​
    In this PreK Teach and Play podcast episode, I talk with Ijumaa Jordan and Isela Garcia about what inclusion means and explore our top tips for early educators.
    This conversation was originally recorded for the 2020 Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by Inclusive Schooling and hosted by Dr. Julie Causton and me. The recordings from over 30 hours of expert conversations about inclusion from Pre-K to post secondary is available NOW on-demand!
    During my conversation with Ijumaa and Isela, we explored:
    How to shift our mindsets (regardless of where instruction takes place) to see our work as being with children vs. doing to children Barriers to inclusion and how leaders can work to remove them Tips about what makes inclusion a true possibility  

    • 50 min
    Evolution of the Brain and the Science of Stress with Dr. Stuart Shanker

    Evolution of the Brain and the Science of Stress with Dr. Stuart Shanker

    When I talked with Dr. Susan Hopkins for Episode 46 of the Pre-K Teach and Play podcast, we explored what the term "self-regulation" really means.
    In this bonus episode with the incredible Dr. Stuart Shanker, we go even deeper.
    For example, did you know that at one time there were 447 different definitions of self-regulation in education....446 of which were all about self-control?
    Yeah, I didn't either! 
    In this Pre-K Teach and Play bonus podcast episode, Dr. Stuart Shanker explains how his fascination with the American Revolution as a young school boy in Canada resulted in a passion for understanding how children (and humans in general) develop.
    In this bonus episode, Dr. Shanker discusses: 
    What he discovered about the difference between the educational, neuroscientific, and physiological understandings in terms of what it means to self-regulate The science of stress and why we need to reframe labeling reactions as stress-behavior...not misbehavior How our brains have grown and evolved over time What it really means to be a stress detective

    • 42 min
    Below the Threshold of Your Awareness with Dr. Susan Hopkins

    Below the Threshold of Your Awareness with Dr. Susan Hopkins

    We've all heard the word "self-regulation", but do you really understand what it means?
    For many years I thought I did, but I was wrong.
    There's so much more depth and meaning behind the concept than just dealing with your emotions. It's also not just about thinking. It's about things that are happening automatically beneath the threshold of conscious awareness.
    In this episode, we explore:
    What's below the threshold of our awareness What we need to do to co-regulate What's going on in this thing called the interbrain How humility helps us learn The genuine need for children to play. So not only do we talk about what's going on in the brain and what is meant by self regulation, but we also begin to scratch the surface of our shared love around the necessity of children and play.

    • 58 min
    Daring to be Yourself with Lisa Pepper-Satkin

    Daring to be Yourself with Lisa Pepper-Satkin

    While I can't recall all the details, from the first time I met Lisa Pepper-Satkin, to the time we recorded this podcast (which was actually back in February of 2020), I remember how she made me feel during each encounter. In a word: inspired! 
    Lisa has really helped me to grow in my thinking about what it means to lead...how we show up in the world, as well as how we can transform the culture in which we are working, living, and being. 
    While our discussion happened pre-pandemic, its incredible to look back now and see how even then we were in awe of the way our world is always changing, forever in flux, with new and different opportunities for positive change.
    Take a listen and explore what it means to dare to be yourself!

    • 42 min
    Dr. Isela Garcia And How to Lead With An Open Heart

    Dr. Isela Garcia And How to Lead With An Open Heart

    This episode is actually a repeat...meaning I lost the first recording and had to go back and ask Isela to sit and chat with me again.
    I'm so glad she said yes because I remember the 1st recording brought me to tears (in a good way) and so did this one.
    Whether you are a leader by title or not, this episode if for you!
    In it, we dig into what it means to show up and be open-hearted. Not just with our staff, but with families, with children, with one another. We also dig into what it means to be a leader and explore practical tips for how to be a better leader, and to be honest, a better human being.
    Be sure to grab this episode's freebie too...it's a leadership bundle from Dr. Garcia, which includes her:
    Barriers to Effective Communication Leadership Skills Infographic Communication Connection Sandwich Learn more about Dr. Garcia's work at https://www.alesigroup.com/

    • 39 min

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