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Why Children Stutter and How to Help Them

Stuttering and be frustrating for children and teachers and a source of deep concern for parents. This segment looks at the causes of stuttering and offers guidance on how to work with children who stutter and provides insight on when to seek outside help. Click HERE to listen to this week’s early childhood radio.

Week of the Young Child

Did you know that it’s Week of the Young Child? What are YOU doing to promote this important week?

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2011 Week of the Young Child is April 10-16 and the theme is Early Years are Learning Years. Click HERE for more info.

Urgent-Concordia CANCELLED Tonight!

NOTICE: There will NOT be a transfer session with Concordia this evening. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule this semester. There IS class tonight. Thank you.

Block Play

Sometimes children are amazing aren’t they? It’s important to follow children’s lead when planning curriculum. When children are inspired to learn and have good facilitation from adults, their creations or project outcomes are generally better. The depth of learning through their play may surprise you. Click HERE to see one example of what I’m talking about.

Is Your DCTC Instructor a Rock Star?

Students, do YOU have an instructor that is…

Dedicated to teaching and respected by students
• Able to inspire students to learn
Knowledgeable and skilled in their subject area
Committed to excellence in teaching

This is your chance to give one DCTC instructor Rock Star status! The winning Rock Star will become the DCTC 2011-2012 Instructor of the Year.

All unlimited, full-time DCTC instructors (technical or general education) with three consecutive years of full-time teaching who have not been awarded this designation in the previous five years are eligible to become Instructor of the Year.

Click HERE to learn more and VOTE. Be sure to rock the vote before April 15th.

DCTC Lions Club First Annual Chili Cook-Off!

Did you know that the DCTC Campus Lions Club First Annual Chili Cook-Off is Wednesday, April 13, 2010 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.?

Did you know that it’s only $1? That’s right, $1 gets you three cups of chili. If you want to sample more than 3 cups, an extra  $1 will get you another 3 cups! There are different categories to cast your favorite votes in.

Bring a couple bucks, come hungry, and support the DCTC Lions Club!

MnSCU Community and Technical Job Fair

PLEASE NOTE:  The MnSCU Community and Technical Job Fair is THIS FRIDAY, April 8th from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Reasons for students to attend:

  • 50+ employers actively recruiting for open positions
  • Practice the art of communication/networking through face-to-face interactions with employers
  • Great experience for students who are currently job searching or researching possible careers
  • Free Professional Padfolio for Students who participate
  • Free transportation is provided and encouraged 

Students register at www.dctc.edu/go/jobfair

List of participating employers and job openings: www.mnscufair.org

(Click on Registered Employers in the Student Section on the left side of the page)

Outdoor Preschool

Have you heard about outdoor schools? They are popping up all over in foreign countries, but there is only one here in the United States.

Nature preschools/kindergartens are totally outside, in all types of weather. These children generally have better large motor skills and are ill less often. They learn the typical curriculum standards, but outdoors and mostly from nature. Could you handle the rain? The snow? The darkness? These children can!

Be sure to watch the videos about these outdoor schools! The first video is about Cedarsong Nature Preschool, the only one of it’s kind in the U.S. Click HERE to view. The second video is about a Kindergarten in Norway. Click HERE to view.

After watching the videos, comment below and let me what YOU think about these schools. Could YOU be a teacher in an outdoor school? Why or why not?

April Transfer Info Sessions

Hey CDEV (ECYD) students!

Jill has set up for University of Wisconsin-Stout and University of Wisconsin-River Falls to come and present transfer info – Thursday night, April 7, 2011. If you are considering transferring or are simply interested/curious in learning more, this is a night to attend. UW-Stout will present at 5:30pm and UW-RiverFalls at 6:00pm. (PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP students, REQUIRED TO ATTEND).

Concordia University, St. Paul will present on April 11th, from 5:30-6:00pm. They will discuss how our ‘new’ program articulates with both their birth-grade 3 licensure program and online B.A. in child development.

The more presentations you attend, the more informed decision you will be able to make.

April Guest Speaker

Sound, rhythm, music – it’s all around us. In fact, most of us probably wake to sound, swim or run in rhythm and listen to music on a daily basis. If you do an internet search, you’ll find many articles stating the fact that music plays an important in early childhood development.

This month I’m highlighting Julie Austin, a musician, early childhood educational consultant, and children’s performer from Atlanta, Georgia.

Listen to Julie’s energetic message HERE about the importance of singing with children. You’ll also want to visit the SPEAKERS page to access more resources she’s provided. (Just click on speakers and then scroll down to her info)