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-BAM! Body, Mind and Child - Preparing Your Child's Body and Mind for Life!

BAM! Body, Mind and Child - Preparing Your Child's Body and Mind for Life!
-BAM! Body, Mind and Child - Preparing Your Child's Body and Mind for Life!


How are you preparing your child for life? Leading experts agree the key to a child's success in life is a healthy mind in a healthy body. BAM! is an acronym for "body and mind." Listen to BAM! and get fast, expert tips on how to develop your child's mind/body connection, put your child on the right track early on, sort through the myths and get to the heart of what really takes to prepare your child's body and mind for life!



Why Young Children Bite, How to Talk About It, How to Manage It

Apr 5, 2012 11:07


Why do young children who don't bite at home come to preschool or day care and suddenly mimic carnivores? Our guest explain why young children bite, how to talk to parents about the problem and how to minimize the occurrences. Susan Campbell was a Principal Investigator on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development and author of Behavior Problems in Preschool Children: Clinical and Developmental Issues. Gretchen Kinnell is the author of No Biting:Policy and Practice for Toddler Programs. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.,over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education as a teacher, director, curriculum writer.

Child Abuse:Understanding the Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Educators

Mar 21, 2012 10:40


The definition of child abuse varies from state to state, as do the laws regarding abuse. The problem of understanding and meeting your mandated requirements as an educator is further complicated by the fact that policies regarding child abuse tend to change as well. Here are the basics you need to know. Jody Martin has worked over 20 years in the early childhood field, she taught preschool and directed a Children's World Learning Center. James M. Hmurovich is the President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America and was the Indiana State Welfare Director. Dr. David Bloomfield is Professor of Education Leadership, Law, and Policy at Brooklyn College and the City University of NY Graduate Center.

How Classroom Setup and Clutter Affect Learning and Behavior

Feb 18, 2012 11:10


Classroom setup and structure are critical elements in teaching and controlling behavior and student interactions. What do you need to know? What are the best practices? How might rearranging your classroom help you? Dr. Rebecca Gail Isbell has been working in early childhood education for over 25 years. She is co-author Early Learning Environments That Work. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. is the Executive Educational Director over three childcare campuses.

Four Strategies for Managing Unmanageable Students In The Classroom

Feb 9, 2012 11:50


You know the student we're talking about. Yes, the one who regularly makes you want to consider a new career. Dealing with difficult students has always been a part of teaching, but with all the new demands, many teachers are feeling more challenged in this area than ever before. Our guests offer proven strategies that can make a difference immediately. Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P, is the Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants, a clinic she founded to serve neurologically impaired individuals. She is the Co-author of Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers. Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is the author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School and he is Associate Clinical Professor, at Harvard Medical School. He is also founding director of the non-profit, Lives in the Balance, through which he provides free, web-based resources on Collaborative Problem Solving.

DISSED! Part 1: The Teacher - Principal Relationship: Why Is It Often So Rocky?

Jan 27, 2012 11:15


We hear it all the time: teachers feel disrespected by principals; principals feel disrespected by superintendents; superintendents feel dissed by local school boards; school boards feel discounted by the feds; early child- hood educators feel dismissed by the rest of the education community; and parents feel marginalized by all levels of professional educators. - Why do so many educators feel disrespected? What can be done about it? We start with principals and teachers. Gail Connelly is Executive Director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Kathleen Hoffman is Teacher & Spokesperson for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Stephen Sawchuk is an assistant editor for Education Week. He is the senior writer of Joining Forces, a recent special report on the topic of labor-management collaboration.

Fine Motor Skills: To Important to Overlook

Jan 27, 2012 12:28


The development of fine motor skills are often a casualty of the rush to get young children up to academic speed. In this segment our guests explain why fine motor skills are a critical building block for higher learning and should never be overlooked. Dr. Christy Isbell is a pediatric occupa- tional therapist and Professor of Occupational Therapy. She has authored five books including, Mighty Fine Motor Fun. Allison Sampish is a kindergarten teacher and author of the Education Week article "Getting Hands On with Fine-Motor Skills." Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has 20+ years in the early childhood education field and the Executive Educational Director over three childcare campuses.

Why Are We Arguing about Professionalism?

Jan 13, 2012 11:20


Why is professionalism such a controversial subject among educators? Why is there a raging debate about whether some sectors of the education community qualify as professionals? What does professionalism really mean in the education field and, in practical terms, what does all of this mean to you on the front lines? Dr. Stephanie Feeney is Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Hawaii and author of "Professionalism in Early Childhood Education: Doing Our Best for Young Children." Dr. Sue Martin is Co-author of "Perceptions of Professionalism Among Individuals in the Child Care Field." Sarah Garland is a staff writer at the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on education journalism.

5 Tips for Teaching Children with ADHD

Jan 7, 2012 12:06


There are reports that ADHD in children is on the rise. But are we seeing a growing epidemic of ADHD or simply an increase in labeling children with the affliction? Our guests give us some insight into what is transpiring and offer specific tips for teaching children thought to have ADHD. Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is author of The Myth of the A.D.D. Child. Richard Lougy oversaw mental health services for Head Start and Early Head Start programs before retiring in 2007. He now runs a private practice specializing in ADHD and related disorders and has co-authored three books on ADHD. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education and is the Executive Educational Director over three childcare campuses.

Playing it Safe, Too Safe?

Dec 17, 2011 12:10


Of course parents, teachers, and school directors all want children to have safe environments in which to play. But is sterilizing playground dirt going too far? Our guests disagree. Tune in and decide for yourself where to draw the line. Robin Moore is a professor of landscape architecture and director of the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University. His books include Childhood's Domain and Natural Learning. Thelma Harms is Director of Curriculum Development at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education and is the Executive Educational Director over three childcare campuses.

Banning Chocolate Milk...Really?

Dec 14, 2011 10:39


Hard to believe that with everything educators are dealing with today that chocolate milk has become controversial. Tune in to find out why some schools are banning this flavored delight and decide whether your school Connie M. Weaver, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Department Head Purdue University, Nutrition Science. Kathryn E. Henderson, Ph.D. Director of School and Community Initiatives Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University. Susan Offutt is the Executive Director at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.

Ganging Up to Fight Bullying

Dec 3, 2011 12:32


Fighting bullying requires a collective, collaborative effort among teachers, parents and school administrators. This segment explores the barriers to effective school/home collaboration against bullying, along with strategies to overcome them. Walter B. Roberts, Jr., Ed.D. is a professor of counselor education at Minnesota State University, Mankato, whose research and advocacy are in the areas of bullying prevention, school safety, and mental health. Author, Working with Parents of Bullies & Victims Dr. Edward Dragan is the author of The Bully Action Guide: How to Help Your Child and Get Your School to Listen.

OMG! Parent -Teacher Conferences: Why They Fail, Making Them Work

Nov 19, 2011 12:30


Parent-teacher conferences are notorious for being dreaded, poorly attended and adversarial when they do occur. Our guests unpack the dynamics behind parent-teacher conferences and share tips on how to make them positive, effective, collaborative opportunities that help students. Betsy Landers is the National PTA® President. Heidi Rosenberg is a senior research analyst at Harvard Family Research Project, where she focuses on promoting family engagement in education. Susan M. Heim is an author, editor and blogger, specializing in parenting issues. She is a longtime editor for the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Teaching Together: Moving from Isolation to Collaboration

Nov 11, 2011 13:02


Our guests disagree on whether teacher collaboration is new, but they all agree that teacher collaboration is becoming more important, is being done in new ways and is more important now than ever. Learn more... Ellen Meyers is author of "The Power of Teacher Networks". Carrie Leana is the George H. Love Professor of Organizations and Management at the University of Pittsburgh, where she holds appointments in the Graduate School of Business, the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. She writes a blog called "Inside School Research" for Education Week.

Three Great Reasons and Ways to Move Your Classroom Outdoors

Nov 4, 2011 11:38


According to our guests, immersing your students in nature offers many benefits to both students and teachers. Find out why you should take your students outside as often as possible. This segment also offers specific outdoor lessons you can use with your class today. Laura Champe Mitchell is the Administrative and Enrollment Coordinator Discovery Woods Learning Community. Sharon Danks is an environmental planner and principal of Bay Tree Design, inc. in Berkeley, California. A frontrunner in the green schoolyards movement, Sharon's professional work has focused on schoolyard ecology and ecological design since 1999. She is the author of Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation.

Is Teaching Keyboarding in Kindergarten Developmentally Appropriate?

Oct 29, 2011 11:10


Many argue that teaching penmanship is a thing of the past, but at what age should children be taught to use a computer keyboard? Some are starting as early as kindergarten, but is it developmentally appropriate? We turn to a panel of experts for guidance on when to start teaching children to hunt and peck and use proper finger placement. Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist and author of "Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children." Jacqui Murray is a Technology Teacher for K-8. She wrote a tech curriculum for kindergarten-fifth grade now used in hundreds of schools all over the country. Lisa Guernsey, Director of New America's Early Education Initiative, focuses on how to create and scale up the best learning environments for children in their early years, from toddlerhood through third grade.

Victims of Excellence: Teaching Children to Learn From Mistakes, Parents to Allow Them

Oct 21, 2011 13:04


Learning from mistakes is one of those notions that is easier said than done. In fact, the way teachers and parents react when children make mistakes says volumes to young children and can impact them for the rest of their lives. Our guests share insights on encouraging a willingness to make mistakes and to learn from them. Hint: It starts with you. Dr. Fernette Eide, Neurologist, and co-author of The Dyslexic Advantage and Mislabeled Child. Alina Tugend has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has written about education, environmental issues, and consumer culture for numerous publications including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Education Week, She is author of Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong. Fran Simon is Chief Engagement Officer of Engagement Strategies, LLC. She has been an Early Childhood educator since 1981.

Helping Parents Develop Appropriate Expectations for Their Children

Oct 14, 2011 14:54


These days many parents want their children to have "advanced" academic skills. Too often these expectations are developmentally inappropriate. In this segment our guests provide guidance to teachers on how to manage inappropriate expectations from parents. Jody Martin has 25 years experience in the early childhood and is Vice President of Education and Training Creme de la Creme. Emma S. McDonald, a veteran teacher, is the author of several books on education including Survival Kit for New Teachers and Classrooms that Spark. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education and is the Executive Educational Director over three child care campuses.

Teaching Kids to Think Critically in the Age of Standardized Testing

Oct 8, 2011 13:40


Many believe that we are seeing a critical absence among students of the ability to think critically. Some blame it on the emphasis on standardized testing; others see it as a weakness in critical-thinking skills even among adults. Our guests offer tips on how to work critical thinking into our teaching as early as possible. Frank Keil is Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist and a prominent authority on critical thinking. She is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. Maureen Kelleher covered Chicago's public schools for over a decade. Now a contributing writer to Education Week.

Fitting Fitness in the Curriculum

Oct 1, 2011 12:52


Experts and advocates recommend at least 1 to 2 hours a day of physical activity for children. But how do you fit it into your daily program, when there�s so much else for you to do? And what kind of physical activity should it be? Tune in; our experts have the well as several activities you can use right away. Nikki Steven, fitness expert, speaker, model and founder of Method Motivation Wellness and Personal Training Studio is Las Vegas. She is also the Founder of the Children’s Fitness Foundation. Diane H. Craft, PhD, Professor, teaches adapted physical education courses in the Physical Education Department at State University of New York at Cortland and co-author with Craig Smith Active Play: Fun Physical Activities for Young Children. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education as a teacher, director, and consultant for staff training and professional development.

Handling Teacher Stress: Increase The Positive, Decrease The Negative

Sep 24, 2011 10:23


Many people wonder why teachers - especially early childhood teachers - would be stressed. But, often, even the teachers wonder why they are feeling stressed, when education is a field they entered out of love. There are good reasons for those feelings and solutions to getting past them. Tune in to learn more.

Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner is an assistant professor in the Division of Family, Child and Consumer Sciences at Louisiana State University and Co-author of Dimensions article, "Finding More Joy in Teaching Children. Jeff Johnson is a Family Child Care Provider. He is the Author of "Keeping Your Smile and Finding Your Smile Again". Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 20 years experience in the field and is the Executive Educational Director over three childcare campuses.

Stressed Out Kids, Parents, Teachers, How to Cope

Sep 16, 2011 10:13


Not all stress is to be avoided. According to our guests there are three different types of stress. Positive stress, tolerable stress, and toxic stress. Teachers need to be able to distinguish the different types and the symptoms of stress in children to help them manage stress effectively. Learn more... Dr. Megan R. Gunnar is a Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Development at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D in psychology at Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental psychoneuroendocrinology at Stanford Medical School. Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty books and reports include the best-selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education as a teacher, director, curriculum writer, music director, and consultant for staff training and professional development. Currently, Deborah is the Executive Educational Director over three childcare campuses.

Teaching Beyond The Test

Sep 9, 2011 10:13


In an era of high-stakes accountability and standardized testing, is there room for teaching beyond the test? You bet, say our guests, and here's how to do it without losing your job. Kate Beaudet is Co-founder and organizer of Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ), a community organization comprising parents, teachers, and students fighting for equity in public schools. Elena Silva, PhD., is a senior policy analyst at Education Sector, where she oversees the organization's teacher quality work. Reporter Sarah D. Sparks writes a blog called "Inside School Research" for Education Week.

Teachers Beat Down: 3 Ways to Fight Back Without Losing Your Job

Sep 3, 2011 10:43


Many teachers returning to school this year report a growing sense of powerlessness to effect change and do their jobs. An increasing number of teachers are expressing their disagreement with education policy in a climate that often ignores them. In this segment we talk about how you can find your voice, and impact the system without losing your job.

Stealth Bullies: The Hidden Face of Bullying

Aug 12, 2011 10:43


Despite all of the attention to the problem of bullying, much of it continues under the radar of many teachers and parents. In this segment we shine a light on the hidden side of bullying, explain why it often goes undetected and discuss strategies to deal with it.

Avoiding Mistakes in Teaching Twins

Aug 6, 2011 10:43


Some educators have reported an increase in the number of twins in their classrooms. According to our guests, there are a few myths and some misguided ideas about teaching twins that need to be corrected. In this segment we discuss what every educator and parent needs to know about teaching twins.

How We Teach Girls To Have Unhealthy Self-Image

Jul 29, 2011 10:43


Some of us are victims; others of us are unwitting conspirators in a process that teaches girls that how they look is who they are. The impact is far-reaching. Our guests today discuss the impact of the early practices that lead to this belief and point the way to giving girls a healthy self-identity.

Let's Get Real About What Makes a Good Teacher

Jul 22, 2011 12:13


There's a lot of attention on evaluating teachers these days. The relentless pursuit to improve student achievement has put teacher performance under the microscope. But are we clear about what really makes a good teacher, how to measure good teaching and how to replicate it?

Time To Give "Time Out" a Time Out

Jul 15, 2011 10:13


In many ways "time out" has become the new spanking. First, it has become the default approach for dealing with child misbehavior. But, like spanking, conventional application of time out is now being challenged as harmful and inappropriate. Our guests say it's time to rethink how and when time out is used.

Pre-K Testing The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

Jul 8, 2011 12:04


Some say the concerns about Pre-K testing in the new Race to Top - Early Learning Challenge program are a premature tempest in a teapot. Others see it as a new road to education hell, being paved with good intentions. We invited a diverse group of educators and advocates to come and help us make sense of it all.

Bad Behavior: When to Ignore, When to Intervene

Jul 1, 2011 11:44


We could call this segment, "how to pick your battles." What is clear is that all undesirable behavior should not be addressed, every time, on the spot. Our guests offer insights and guidelines for determining when to intervene and when to ignore the behavior and allow it to take its course.

Seven Reasons to Take a Second Look at Homeschooling

Jun 24, 2011 7:45


According to our guest, homeschooling is not what it used to be nor what many people think it is. If you haven't looked at homeschooling in a while this may be a good time to update your understanding -- before the next school terms starts. .

Yup! Today's Parents Are Different: What Teachers Need to Know to Survive

Jun 18, 2011 12:58


All of our guests in this segment seem to agree that today's parents are very different from generations past. They cite diverse examples and offer a variety of reasons, but all prescribe useful tips to help today's teachers survive today's parents.

Understanding the Teacher/Parent Communications Gap

Jun 11, 2011 11:07


In America, early childhood professionals often look at parents as pests rather than partners in the education process. Some teachers dread the prospect of meeting with parents, and parents often are less than thrilled with their interactions with teachers. This segment looks at barriers to teacher-parent collaboration and offers bridge-building strategies.

Why Play Time is Not Break Time

Jun 11, 2011 10:38


Every teacher knows that when the children go outside to play, that's the time for teachers to have a break and for children to do their own thing. Well, today’s guests say that play time is not break time and savvy teachers put as much thought into planning play time as they put into planning the rest of the school day.

Managing Classrooms With Punishments & Rewards

May 28, 2011 12:57


According to a recent study, 98 percent of teachers are using punishments and rewards for classroom management, but are they really effective? Are there better ways to motivate young students? If so, why are sticks and carrots so popular? In this segment we explore the difference between classroom management and discipline and look at creative strategies aimed at promoting internal motivation in students.

Are We Moving From Common Standards to a Common Curriculum?

May 20, 2011 12:57


There has been some buzz around the topic of creating a national common core curriculum. The notion has engendered quite a bit of push back, raising fears of loss of local control. We invited two education advocates and a practicing teacher join us to explore the implications.

Debunking 3 Big Myths About Teaching Boys Versus Teaching Girls

May 14, 2011 12:38


Are boys’ brains and girls’ brains fundamentally different? If there are differences, are they significant – and do they really matter in the context of teaching? In this segment our guests identify and attempt to debunk the big myths about teaching boys versus teaching girls.

Creating Praise Junkies: Are You Giving Children Too Much "Positive" Reinforcement?

May 6, 2011 10:35


"Great job!" "That was very good!" Teachers and parents use phrases like these everyday to give positive reinforcement to children. But are we creating praise-addicted children by giving them too much unwarranted, rote and excessive praise? Turns out that positive reinforcement can be negative. In this segment our guests give us the basics on how to get it right

Why is There a Disconnect Between What We Know and What We Do?

Apr 29, 2011 13:06


Despite a plethora of research in the area of early childhood education, much of it is not being transferred into practice. In this segment we explore why this disconnect exists and what needs to happen to build a bridge between, research, policy and practice.

Is Teaching Cursive Handwriting Still Important in This Digital Age?

Apr 22, 2011 11:24


Many believe that there is a correlation between the quality of a child's handwriting and their literacy and intelligence. Others assert that there is no relevant connection and, more importantly, that the advent of computers makes practicing handwriting less important.

Teaching Reading: When Is Too early, Too late?

Apr 8, 2011 11:37


Is early reading very important or highly overrated and generally misunderstood? Dr. Carla Hannaford points out that in our culture we believe that reading equals intelligence. This is false, she asserts, as our guests discuss the literature that supports and refutes the notion that the earlier children read the better.

Missing Students: A Bigger, Younger Problem Than We Think

Apr 2, 2011 13:41


Most teachers and parents have no idea how big of a problem absenteeism is in the early grades, nor the impact it has on classrooms and children for years to come. Moreover, a recent study found that most schools have no early warning system to detect chronic absenteeism before it becomes a significant problem. Find out what you need to know and what you can do.

Why Kids Aren't Going Out to Play, Why They Should

Mar 27, 2011 11:45


Today there are many reasons why children are spending more time indoors than out. In this segment our guests explore the reasons, the results and make some recommendations for correcting the imbalance.

At What Age Should Young Children be Exposed to Classroom Competition?

Mar 19, 2011 13:25


Some children's games are competitive while others are collaborative. There are some educators who believe young children should not be exposed to win/lose games. Others say competitive games prepare young children for the realities of life. Tune in to listen to the rationale for both views.

5 Ways Technology May Adversely Alter Child Development

Mar 12, 2011 13:14


The ubiquity, application and use of technology in early childhood continue to expand. How is technology impacting child development? How much is too much? Who is best suited to define the proper balance for children? Our guests offer research, expert assessment and advice.

Should You Have a Bachelors Degree to Work With Young Children? Maybe, Maybe Not

Mar 5, 2011 13:01


Most would agree that educating young children requires some specialized knowledge. Today we ask, is a child development credential enough or should a bachelors degree be required for all those who work with educating young children?

Should You Assign Homework in Preschool?

Feb 25, 2011 11:05


There is quite a bit of confusion about homework in preschool. Many believe in the value of homework at the preschool level, others are sure homework in preschool is a misguided idea. Today we try to shed some light and get some clarity on whether homework in preschool is developmentally appropriate or beneficial.

Ratings Scales for Child Care and Family Care Programs. Good, Bad or Just Ugly?

Feb 18, 2011 13:05


There is a drive underway to rate child care centers and family care providers. The aim is to provide parents with objective tools to identify the best providers and avoid substandard providers. But some argue that a ratings programs will increase costs on lower-end providers and eventually drive them out of business. Shouldn't that be the point? Well, apparently the issue is not quite that simple.

Moving Toward Child Development Requirements for Teachers

Feb 12, 2011 11:35


Traditionally, the preparation of teachers who want to work with children birth to age 5 has focused on the development of young children. But elementary teacher prep has focused on teaching methods and content areas instead. But this maybe changing soon.

Ooops! Why Rote Memorization is a Valid Teaching Tool

Jan 22, 2011 11:35


In this segment we talk with a cognitive psychologist and memory researcher who challenges the wholesale notion that rote memorization is not authentic learning or quality teaching. He argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is indeed a place for rote memorization in the teaching/learning process. Did we throw out the baby with the bath water?

Can Kindergarten Standards Be Implemented in a Developmentally Appropriate Way?

Jan 14, 2011 8:40


Do common core standards for kindergarten mean standardized testing for very young children? If not, how will the standards be measured?There are many questions around how this program will ultimately be implemented. In this segment our guests zoom in on the challenges, potential pitfalls and possible ways to employ kindergarten standards in a developmentally appropriate way. .

Will National K-3 Standards Harm or Help Young Children?

Jan 7, 2011 12:20


Are proposed national, common core standards developmentally appropriate at the kindergarten level? Class, wealth, social status, and implementation may all be factors. In this two-part series Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, defends the program to critics who argue that national standards are neither needed nor helpful. .

Are Children Smarter, Learning More, Sooner, Faster?

Dec 18, 2010 11:57


There's a general sense among parents and educators that today's children are smarter, developing sooner and are learning more, faster. Is this actually true and if so what does this mean for the notion of what is developmentally appropriate practice? .

School Lunches: Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution

Dec 11, 2010 10:12


Research has found that students who eat school lunches and school breakfast are more likely to be obese than those who brown bag it. The data suggests that schools are often a major part of the problem. This segment explains why and what needs to be done in schools to address the child obesity epidemic.

Automated Student Tracking: Is It Safe?

Dec 4, 2010 12:42


RFID is the acronym for radio frequency identification, a system that allows schools to track students' whereabouts with an electronic device. The system is a creative application of an existing technology that promises to make teachers ' jobs easier But some say the technology has safety issues. Listen to learn more.

Are We Taking Playground Safety Too Far?

Nov 27, 2010 12:04


Playground safety is a concern for schools, day care centers, educators and parents. The trend has been toward removing dangerous equipment and taking all reasonable steps to remove risk from playgrounds. But have we gone too far? Are we depriving children of the valuable physical challenges they need to develop well?

Junk Science: Multiple Learning Styles Real or Bogus?

Nov 20, 2010 13:37


Some students are visual learners, some students are auditory learners, and others are kinesthetic learners. Right? Well, maybe not; at least the answer is not quite that simple. Our guests discuss recent research showing that commonly accepted notions about learning styles are wrong. Looks like it may be time to update your understanding of learning modalities.

How to Make the Case For Movement in Education

Nov 13, 2010 9:47


For many teachers and educators making the case for integrating movement into the learning and developmental process is tough sell. This segment offers both relevant research and tips for educating administrators, parents and others who must be persuaded that movement is key to learning.

Does Class Size Matter?

Nov 6, 2010 13:32


It is generally accepted wisdom that small classes produce better student outcomes than larger classes and there is data that supports this. There is also data that contradicts this notion, asserts that other factors have more impact on student outcomes and that the significance of class size is largely over rated. Tune in and join this discussion.

Are Schools Effectively Teaching Collaboration?

Oct 29, 2010 12:12


There is a growing sense that as we've placed increasing attention on improving academic achievement, schools may be falling behind in fostering the basic skills required in a collaborative 21st-century environment. This segment explores how well schools are socializing students and meeting the challenge of preparing young people to function well in society.

What Are the Best Ways to Invest In Early Childhood Education?

Oct 23, 2010 12:15


Most people would agree that investing in early education is a good idea, but the question is how. In this segment we explore the factors to be considered to get the most out of investments in early childhood education.

Should Sex Education Begin in Kindergarten?

Oct 16, 2010 12:15


Is it developmentally appropriate to begin educating children about their bodies in Kindergarten? Should teachers even be involved or called upon to introduce these issues to young children? What are these early sex education curricula about? What are the relevant issues that need to be considered?

War, Gun, and Super Hero Play. Good or Bad?

Oct 9, 2010 12:21


There is a school of thought which argues that children need super heros and make believe violence to process the realities of the world around them. On the other side of this argument is the school that advocates for banning war play in schools and a zero tolerance policy toward violent play. Is fantasy violence a good thing or a bad thing? Does this kind of play blur the distinction between fantasy and reality? Is there a link between war play and the increasing violence we are seeing among children?

Early Puberty: Causes and Implications for Educators

Oct 1, 2010 12:21


The rise in the number of girls starting puberty as early as six has put the issue on the radar screen for early childhood professionals who must deal with the diverse implications of working with the precocious child. What are the factors driving early puberty? What is the physical, emotional, psychological and academic impact on the child? What do early childhood educators, care takers and parents need to know to adapt to the prematurely developed child? Tune in and find out.

The Benefits and Risks of Social Networking for Educators

Sep 24, 2010 12:18


Social networking has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for educators. New teaching tools, new connections with peers and new resources are just a few of the benefits. On the downside, misuse occurs and the consequences can be significant. This segment gives practical tips on who educators can make the best of sites like Facebook, Twitter and BAM Street and best practices and policies to keep you out of trouble.

Is Structured or Non-structured Recess The Way to Go?

Sep 17, 2010 12:13


Some say the obesity crisis mandates that we structure recess so that we use the limited time allotted for physical activity effectively. Others counter that school is already over-structured and that the bigger threat to children is the loss of initiative which is more readily nurtured through unstructured recess. Does structured recess turn children off to being active? More instruction or more space?

Cash Rewards for Academic Performance: A Good Idea?

Sep 10, 2010 14:13


The notion of offering incentives, including cash rewards, to motivate students to excel academically has arrested the imagination of educators eager to close the achievement gap. Are gold stars, Pizza or cold cash appropriate and effective ways to drive academic performance? Expert opinion and the data are mixed. Tune in and draw your own conclusions.

Identifying and Nurturing the Gifted Child

Sep 3, 2010 12:13


How do you determine if a child is gifted? Can the gifted child be identified by a standardized test? Can the test results be gamed by test preparation? Are there different types of giftedness? Should gifted children be segregated and surrounded by other gifted children? Are teachers prepared to teach the gifted child?

Children and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:What Classroom Teachers Should Know

Aug 27, 2010 12:13


There are over 1.8 million new cases of post traumatic stress disorder every year in the United States alone. Many of the cases involve very young children and the causes are diverse and often underestimated. In this segment we provide educators with a basic understanding and tools for identifying possible PTSD in children, as well as guidance on what to do if it’s suspected a student or child is affected.

The Value of Arts in Education

Aug 20, 2010 12:13


Art as a subject is often viewed as a second class citizen in the education community. Today's guests outline the essential role that art plays in early childhood development and beyond.

Developmentally appropriate Discipline.

Aug 14, 2010 12:13


Time out? Taking away toys? Take away privileges? Scold? Counsel? What does developmentally appropriate discipline look like in the classroom In this segment our guest give specific guidelines for getting classroom discipline right in early childhood settings.

Is Standardized Testing Producing a Creativity Crisis?

Aug 7, 2010 17:33


Are American students falling behind in their ability to think and solve problems creatively? Is the focus on standardized testing and high stakes accountability obscuring our ability to truly prepare students for work and life in the 21st century? Are testing and developing creativity mutually exclusive? What can teachers do to encourage creativity in a climate where the emphasis is on standardized testing?

Fostering Empathy in Young Children

Jul 31, 2010 13:33


Why is it so important for children to develop empathy at a very young age? Can empathy be taught and if so, what does the process look like? What are some of the barriers to fostering empathy in young children? Tune in as our guests share their insights on the research around how children develop empathy.

Withdrawing Recess As Punishment. Does It Work?

Jul 24, 2010 12:33


Children typically love recess so it seems quite logical that withdrawing recess from children who misbehave or fail to do assignments is an appropriate disciplinary approach. But some argue that withholding recess does more harm that good. Listen to this segment and consider the pros and cons.

Learning From What's Working

Jul 16, 2010 14:13


Students from Finland routinely rank at the top of international test in reading and math. Yet their educational system operates in ways that we in America are sure would produce substandard academic outcomes. What is Finland doing right? What can we learn from them? Could their best practices work here in the United States?

Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Early Childhood Settings

Jul 9, 2010 12:59


Increasingly early childhood professionals are being confronted with inappropriate sexual behaviors by the children in their care. We're seeing young children mimicking sexual acts, touching each other's body parts and displaying sexual curiosity far beyond their age. What is normal? What is not? What is developmentally appropriate? How should parents and early childhood professionals best handle these behaviors?

Nap Time- Needed Break or Waste of Time?

Jul 2, 2010 13:38


Is nap time in preschool and Pre-k wasted time? The push to get kids on the academic fast track has some schools doing away with nap time on the premise that those one to two hours can be better used. Our guests weigh in with the research and their experience on the value of nap time.

Settling The Great Bilingual Education Debate

Jun 26, 2010 13:38


Many parents, teachers and policy makers believe that the best way for dual language children to achieve English language literacy and academic success is to completely submerge the child in English -- leaving their home language behind. But citing research, our distinguished guests say that most of the conventional wisdom on dual language learners is simply wrong. Are you on the right side of this issue?

Recognizing & Nurturing The Intelligence of Movement

Jun 19, 2010 8:06


It's called "bodily-kinesthetic intelligence," a technical term for one of the eigtht types of cognitive skills in Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. In theory, people who have bodily-kinesthetic intelligence should learn better by involving muscular movement. This segment connects this theory to specific teaching strategies.

Solving The Growing Physical Activity Crisis

Jun 11, 2010 11:06


Many refer to the problem as the "child obesity" problem, but our distinguished guests see it primarily as a matter of reduced physical activity. They cite a number of contemporary causes and offer practical solutions.

Promoting Conflict Resolution Among Young Children

Jun 4, 2010 10:42


When children fight, should you be a Paris peace negotiator or an Ultimate Fighting Challenge referee? Typically neither teachers nor parents are taught how to manage conflicts between children. Tune in now and get some solid, tested guidance on what to do when children are ready to rumble.

Stress Based Learning Disabilities in Young Children

May 22, 2010 8:42


Our guests discuss how stress impacts learning in young children and can produce stressed based learning disabilities with long term implications. The good news is that stress based learning disabilities can be reversed with understanding and trained assistance. The segment closes with advice on prevention and stress management.

It's Not Developmentally Appropriate. So What? That's How I was Taught

May 14, 2010 9:12


While perusing an online teachers forum I saw a discussion about whether calendar is developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. There where many opinions shared. Then one teacher wrote. "I know it's not developmentally appropriate but I do it any way. So what? That's how I was taught." Today we ask our guest Dr. Lilian Katz. So what?

Five Reasons Why Children Are Often Burned Out by Third Grade

May 7, 2010 9:12


Today's kids are manifesting alarming levels of stress at earlier and earlier ages. In fact, many children are burned out by the time they get to third grade. The causes are many, diverse, severe and often underestimated by teachers and parents. As these stressors can have a long lasting effects, our first task is to understand what is stressing our students and children so we can begin to mitigate them. Tune in and find out... .

Child Guided Versus Teacher Directed Teaching. What's The difference? Why it Matters?

Apr 23, 2010 11:02


This segment explores intentional teaching and finding the balance between teacher-directed & child-directed activities. Our guests explain the nuances and implications and share tips for working in a teaching climate that limits child-guided learning. .

Teaching Conundrum: Touching Children in the Classroom: Why No Touch Policies Are Harmful

Apr 16, 2010 9:53


Many teachers fear touching children and many schools have no touch policies. Our guests say that children need to be touched. In fact, they assert that low-touch-teaching retards children's development and creates social dysfunctions that can last a life time. In this segment we'll talk about embracing touching in the classrooms, why it's essential and consider the practical issues and risks. .

Teaching Strategies: Handling Young Students Who Just Won't Sit Still

Apr 10, 2010 12:40


Why won't Johnny just sit still? How can I teach a child who is constantly fidgeting and moving? In this segment our guests examine this problem and share a considerable amount of research challenging the notion that children need to sit still to learn. A new approach is offered along with specific teaching strategies.

Teaching Strategies: Digital Media: Great Teaching Tool or Big Liability in the Classroom

Apr 2, 2010 13:48


Computers, learning software, gaming, and the use of Internet are tools that are growing in popularity in the early childhood classroom. But is digital media a wonderful asset in early childhood education, a distracting and harmful liability or somewhere between the two. Our distinguished guests offer some perspective.

Too Much Parental Involvement? Too Little? Finding The Balance

Mar 19, 2010 13:48


At one extreme there are satellite parents and at the other extreme are helicopter parents. How do we determine the right balance between being too involved in our children's education and development and being not involved enough? Three thoughtful parents and experts share their insights and offer some guidelines.

How We're Creating Psychologically Fragile Kids

Mar 12, 2010 12:17


Bubble wrapped, sanitized, protected and weak. As we've tried to protect our children from every conceivable threat, real or imagined, we have essentially created a fragile generation of Americans who lack some of the basic coping and survival skills of generations past. The general consensus is that we're creating a nation of wimps. So what can we do now? Moreover what should you being doing differently with your child.

Do Youth Sports Build Character or Just a Competitive, Do-Anything -to-Win Nature?

Mar 5, 2010 11:17


Steroid use, gambling on games, animal abuse, cheating, lying, adultery, assault and regular episodes of bad behavior by athletes has become a cliche. In the wake of sports scandal after sports scandal, is the notion that sports builds character simply a suburban myth? This segment brings together a distinguished panel to separate the fiction from the reality of youth sports.

SPECIAL: Fear of Men In Early Childhood Education

Mar 1, 2010 11:17


Whether it's on the quiet or in your face the fear of men in early education is widespread. Yes, it's difficult to quantify and talk about, but It's real. From parents, to administrators the fear of men who work with young children has a significant impact in classrooms and beyond. We brought together a parent, a male educator and an early education attorney to look at the fear and the reality of men in ECE.

Have I Totally Screwed Up My Kid? PART 2

Feb 20, 2010 10:12


For many parents and teachers, the more books they read, the more programs they listen to and the more experts they watch, the more things they discover they have failed to do. This often leads to a persistent lingering question: have I totally messed up my kids? This segment provides some much needed answers!

Have I Screwed Up My Kid? Is It Too Late? PART 1

Feb 13, 2010 10:40


For many parents and teachers, the more books they read, the more programs they listen to and the more experts they watch, the more things they discover they have failed to do. This often leads to a persistent lingering question: have I totally messed up my kids? This segment provides some much needed answers!

ROOM FOR DEBATE:Has Spanking Received a Bad Rap?

Feb 5, 2010 11:40


In the shadow of parents and teachers increasingly wrestling with unruly behavior and intractable discipline problems comes a new study that raises questions about current attitudes on spanking. Recent research compared spanked children with non-spanked and, in some important developmental areas, spanked children were better off. So now what?

ROOM FOR DEBATE:ADHD: Medical Problem? Parenting Problem? Teaching Problem?

Feb 5, 2010 13:22


Is it possible that ADHD is really the result of poor parenting or misguided teaching? Is ADHD even a legitimate diagnosis, or have we simply "medicalized" what is typical child behavior under specific conditions? The issue is far from settled. Our two guests share very different views and both make a compelling case. Listen, get the facts and decide for yourself.

Why Rough and Tumble Play is Really a Good Thing

Jan 16, 2010 13:22


While many teachers, schools and parents discourage rough housing, the data suggests that rough and tumble play is actually very good. Among the many unrecognized benefits is the intimacy and need for touch that it provides young boys. Thomas Reed makes a compelling case for not only encouraging rough and tumble play but for joining in frolic.

Managing Aggressive Children

Dec 12, 2009 13:22


Kicking, biting, hitting, fighting, why are some children more aggressive than others? In this segment our guests explore the foundations of aggression in children, the causes, the warning signs and specific techniques for preventing and managing aggression from birth to age eight.

3 Things Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know About Gender Differences

Dec 12, 2009 13:22


The explanation for the differences in the way boys and girls develop and therefore what should expected of each has changed over the years. Our two experts offer a panoramic view of gender differences and identify the three basic things you need to know to be an effective parent and teacher

What is Nature Deficit? Why it Matters

Nov 28, 2009 12:22


As children increasingly enjoy indoor activities and more parents choose to keep them inside where it's "safe," child development experts are discovering what happens to children who don't get outdoors enough. Learn more...

SECOND THOUGHTS: Debunking 5 Myths About Flu Vaccines

Nov 20, 2009 8:22


To Vaccinate of not to vaccinate? Parents have been wrestling with this question for years. Far before the H1N1 virus raised concerns about the safety of flu shots; a number of myths have complicated the decision. Today we'll look at five of them.

When and How to Say "NO" to Children

Nov 14, 2009 11:22


Today, parents and teachers agonize about when to say no, how to say no and whether the word “no” should even be used with children at all. In this segment, two experts face off in an attempt to find the balance between being too permissive and too restrictive.

Is Your Child Addicted to Technology?

Nov 7, 2009 8:22


Dr. Gary Small says that overexposure to technology alters your child's brain and can impact a number of important, basic social skills. How can you determine if your child is addicted to technology and, more importantly, what should you do if she is? Tune in and find out.

Is Your Child Busy Enough or Too Busy?

Nov 3, 2009 8:06


Trumpet lessons, tennis lessons, soccer, gymnastics, Boy Scouts... While some argue that today's children are overbooked, overscheduled and stressed out, some children just seem to thrive on the lots of activity. So how much is too much? Listen in as two experts try to answer this question.

Benefits of Raising a Multilingual Child

Oct 24, 2009 8:06


Learn why exposing children to multiple languages as early as possible is an asset to so many parts of a child's development.

Are You Teaching Your Child Fear or Safety?

Oct 16, 2009 13:04


Lenore Skenazy says that telling kids not to talk to strangers is one of the most useless and misguided pieces of advice ever foisted on us. Lenore turns conventional wisdom on its head and asserts that we're not teaching safety to kids but in fact are just teaching fear and preventing kids from developing critical street smarts. Debbie Johnston strongly disagrees. Hear both sides...

Withdrawing Your Child From the Rat Race

Oct 9, 2009 8:04


The race is starting earlier and earlier. Increasingly parents are entering their children in the race to succeed and pushing them to achieve more and more faster and faster. But though, for some, the rat race now begins at birth, a growing number of voices are starting to push back and are removing their children from the race.

Managing Young Bullies Gone Wild

Oct 3, 2009 8:45


Bullying is on the rise and is a problem that impacts children, parents and teachers. Once a person is a victim of bullying, he or she can be impacted for life. Since bullying can start early the earlier parents and teachers learn how to handle bullying the better.Jane Katch offers some field tested advice.

Coping With The Parent From Hell!

Sep 26, 2009 8:45


Someone once defined difficult parents like this: They don't do what you want them to do, they do what you don't want them to do and you don't know what to do about it. In this segment, Dr. Fiore explains why the number of difficult parents is skyrocketing and shares savvy insights and specific tips for dealing with difficult them.