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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Building Positive Relationships


I was in Tennessee last week visiting with the wonderful preschool teachers in Murfreesboro School District. There is nothing in this world like an organized and high quality preschool setting. What a wonderful way for children to begin learning skills. I am reminded again about research indicating that nurturing teachers help children make more academic gains than drill sergeants. In fact, we know that building positive relationships is the most critical aspect of helping children build positive social and emotional skills. Check out the website for the Center for Social and Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (www.csefel.uiuc.edu) for more information about building social and emotional skills. What a joy to see loving preschool teachers. They should be everywhere!

2 Comments:

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...building positive relationships is the most critical aspect of helping children build positive social and emotional skills." I really think this quote/point you made is so accurate. As a nanny and a future educator I look at what children are really lacking when they are struggling (whether they are struggling with school or friends or family...whatever) and what they are lacking are these vital relationships. They are key to a child's development. If a child is confident with him or herself and with his or her peers a child can academically excell so much faster than a child who does not.

_Leslie Galbraith

 
At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Dave Shearon said...

Murfreesboro! My neck of the woods! Glad you enjoyed the experience.

 

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