About the Early Childhood Solutions Link
Why the Early Childhood Solutions Link Bulletin Board?
- When Early Childhood educators enhance their use of best practices, more
children with special needs will succeed in school.
- Early Childhood educators have more opportunities to share best practices with
each other. Sharing success stories, solving problems, providing ongoing advice can go far to promote best practices in early childhood education.
- The Early Childhood Solutions Link Bulletin Board provides a ready source of
advice and information about real-life problems and solutions interactively, so that educators can pool their collective experiences with children.
What is the Early Childhood Solutions Link Bulletin Board?
- A collection of ideas on successful early childhood education best practices
that every user contributes to.
- A messaging tool for early childhood educators to ask questions about problems,
issues, or concerns they have in educating young children.
- A place for suggestions, advice and results provided in response to inquiries.
- A library for your posted ideas, problems and results, organized according to
types of best practices or by key words.
How Do I Use The Early Childhood Solutions Link?
NOTE: PLEASE PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY BY CHANGING REAL NAMES OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN ALL ENTRIES.
- Review the Library containing chains of ideas, questions, or results.
- Enter an Idea by contributing your notes or ideas on a teaching technique,
strategy, or submit an illustrative story of something that's has been successful
with your students.
- Post a Question about an early childhood problem, to find out about, or get
advice on an early childhood service, available curricula, or to present a concern
you have about a child.
- Offer Advice or a solution to a question, or make a suggestion based on
techniques or strategies that have been successful for you.
- Post Results by noting what happened after using the advice. Let others know what worked, what didn’t work. Your note may be based on suggestions offered via our web site, email or other help.
How Is The Early Childhood Solutions Link Bulletin Board Organized?
is a collection of the early childhood problems, questions, advice,
Techniques, results and ideas that you and others, have given us.
You may search the Library by selecting
- the Category Menu, a "pull down" menu of best practice category options,
- Message Type,
- Author, or
- Message Content, with entry of a key word or phrase.
Each Question is automatically linked with the matching Advice and Results.
Entry space on the Early Childhood Solutions Link Bulletin Board is limited,
so please keep descriptions brief. You may give more detail via personal
email exchanges if the inquirer makes a contact seeking further information, but
“cc” us at firstname.lastname@example.org too.
Ideas are a way to share information with others.
This is a place to exchange
information and learn about the different ways in which early childhood education
can be provided. They should briefly capture an interesting or unique image
regarding a child, his or her parents, a class or home activity or media materials.
We hope that you will add to the ideas and be inspired by the information gained
from these ideas.
Questions are a way to get help or advice from others.
It can be something you
would like to improve, a concern you have about a student, or a follow-up to
Advice allows you to offer possible solutions to someone’s question.
If there is a Question on the current listings that you have some experience
with, make a suggestion based on your experience or ideas you have about it.
Results are where you share what happened.
Locate your original question in
the Current Postings or in the Library and briefly describe what happened when you
tried some of the suggestions. Be sure to cite any new or additional problems you
found, as well your successes.
- Click here to See Sample Entries To The Early Childhood
Solutions Link Bulletin Board
- Click here to Review "How-to" Instructions to Access and
Post on The Early Childhood Solutions Link Bulletin Board
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Sample Entries for the Early Childhood Solutions Link
Submitted By: Esmerelda on Thu Feb 21 15:20:07 2002
Situation: Staff Communication Idea
Idea: We never seem to have time to meet as a team. So we decided to have a
"brown bag" discussion so that we can plan activities and discuss the latest
classroom events during lunch. It has worked out very well and we have even
done a once-a-quarter potluck!!
Sample Question #1
Topic: Unmotivated Child
Submitted By: Bruno on Thu Feb 21 15:13:13 2002
Question: Yasmin does not like to play with puzzles,
but parents want her to learn and it is an IFSP goal. How do I get her to
show an interest in the puzzles?
Tried So Far: I've tried asking her to do it by praising and coaxing. She will do
1 or 2 but will get fussy if I ask her to do more.
Sample Advice for Question #1
Submitted By: Bruno on Thu Feb 21 15:27:59 2002
Suggest You Try: Start with simple in/out activities, such as putting balls in a tube.
Then try simple shape sorters. If she likes those, then maybe the puzzles you have are
too difficult. Also, puzzles with fewer and larger pieces with knobs may be easier for
her to grab onto.
Sample Results for Question #1
Submitted By: Esmerelda on Thu Feb 21 15:22:46 2002
Results: Thanks for your advice, Bruno. Turns out that she didn't like puzzles because
they were difficult for her to manipulate. We tried the kind with larger knobs and she
can grap them much better.
Sample Question #2
Submitted By: Bertha on Thu Feb 21 15:11:44 2002
Question: I have this little boy in my class who loves to play with cars during
freechoice. When it is time to clean up, I ring the bell and he cries and screams.
How can I get him to give up his cars when freechoice is over?
Tried So Far: I've had him ring the bell, but he doesn't
like the sound of the bell and knows that the bell means freechoice is over. I've
also removed the cars from the classroom, but he usually has some in his backpack he can get.
Sample Advice for Question #2
Submitted By: Esmerelda on Thu Feb 21 15:15:57 2002
Suggest You Try: He may be fussy because he doesn't have
enough time to prepare for the transition. Try giving him a warning, such as " it will
be clean up time in 5 minutes" so that he knows the transition is coming. Maybe using
pictures to show him that the activity will be over and also pictures of what activity
will come next. Also, if the bell is aversive you could also sing, turn off the lights,
use a train whistle or any other way to signify the end of the activity.
Sample Results for Question #2
Submitted By: Bertha on Thu Feb 21 15:20:31 2002
Results: We started giving the whole class a warning and then
one specifically to him that freechoice would be over soon. We also told him what
the next activity was. He will now transition much easier knowing what is expected.
How Do I Access and Submit An Entry For The Early Childhood Solutions
Link Bulletin Board?
You and your colleagues will need to regularly access the Early Childhood
Solutions Link Bulletin Board. Provide a brief idea, present a question,
or offer advice or solution to someone else's question. We (ECE-TQO
project staff) will facilitate the use of the Bulletin Board, manage
the information flow and organize the Library. In order to test its
usefulness, we need to establish a routine. We recommend that during the
first six months, you follow the aim criteria described below:
- Access the Early Childhood Solutions Link Bulletin Board at Least Once Per Month
Give us a convenient date (e.g., 2nd Tuesday of each month) and we will help you
to remember. Of course, you may provide Bulletin Board information at anytime.
We will expect an entry at least once a month when your date arrives. Create your
entry (or entries), look through the new or library of ideas, questions, and advice
given for those questions.
- Enter One Idea Per Month (30-100 words)
For the first six months we would like to have some of your favorite ideas.
(click here to find description of ideas)
(click here to find samples of ideas)
- Make Two Questions Per Month (30-100 words)
Enter the best practice early childhood category that best fits your query.
(click here to find description of questions)
(click here to find samples of questions)
- Give Some Advice Once per Week (30-100 words)
(click here to find description of advice)
(click here to find samples of advice)
- Post Some Results Once per Month (30-100 words)
(click here to find description of results)
(click here to find samples of results)
- Facilitating the Use of the Link.
ECE-TQO Project Staff realize that you are very busy and that getting used to
something new may require special reminders. We will monitor, edit, and
categorize the Library to establish and maintain a cumulative reference
listing under each of the best practice categories. Eventually, this will
comprise a valuable "pool of expertise" based on what you and your colleagues
have found to be most effective and practical.
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