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Rethinking Classroom Containers
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Presented by Dr. Sandra Duncan, Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern University
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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Containers are essential components to any early childhood classroom. Available in many sizes, shapes, and colors, containers are used to store, hold, and tote a variety of learning materials and supplies. They are so commonplace in our classroom environments that rarely a second thought is given to them, especially after being placed on the shelf. Think about your classroom for a moment and consider all the containers in your space. Most likely, your thoughts immediately focused on the bins and baskets positioned on the classroom’s shelves and tabletops. Containers, however, are much more than bins and baskets.
In this webinar, Dr. Sandra Duncan explored why the primary job of containers in the classroom is not to hold learning materials and objects but to spark children’s interest and engagement with the containers’ contents. She demonstrated the 4 C’s of container selection in detail:
• Select containers that CAPTURE children’s attention
• Select containers that are CONVENIENT
• Select containers that CONNECT children to the activities
• Use CHILD-CREATED containers in the early childhood classroom
Sandra also discussed the disadvantages of using plastic containers, measuring the amount of plastic used, and how to make a plan for reducing the number of plastic baskets in each learner’s classroom. She followed with ideas for alternative types of containers that can be easily used in the classroom regardless of the age group taught.
This webinar is designed to help you begin thinking about containers from a unique perspective. Watch for guidelines, inspiration, and ways to get started with better container selection. This session is designed for preschool teachers, but educators working with slightly older children will also benefit from what was shared.
Dr. Sandra Duncan is an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University. She has over 45 years of experience in the early care and education field. Sandra taught kindergarten for 10 years and owned 11 early childhood programs that served thousands of children. She is the co-Author of Inspiring Spaces for Young Children, Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Spaces (ROSIE), and Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments that Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities. She also was the publisher of two magazines, where she spearheaded many innovative projects and programs such as Director’s Choice Awards, Leadership Awards for National Association for Family Child Care, Early Childhood Professional Awards, Children’s World of Reading Program, and Food, Fitness and Fun!—a program endorsed by National Head Start Association.
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