Knock Education Consulting Service

Knock Education Consulting Service

Quality professional advice- Early Childhood, special education and ESL. Short training courses. Teacher/child observations. Parent advice. Behaviour tips

Knock Education Consulting - assists management with staff professional development. - improves team work. - provides strategies about expected behaviours for young children. - supports best practices from around the world. - gives feedback to staff, management about problems and possible solutions. - shares best practice, and sustainable management systems. - been in Viet Nam 12 years.

Mission: To improve learning experiences for young children.

[01/03/18]   Mike Lindstrom says "Caring for children means many soft places to hold and snuggle like couches and chairs, comfortable floors, pillows and the like...

Caring requires rocking chairs, swings and hammocks, and out of the way padded places to help children through moments of lost control, humiliation and inconsolable loss."

Its not only for when children or teachers are having a bad day or time, it can be available for quiet times and reflection. Time to be alone and with small groups.

We all need softness in our lives, no matter how old we are.

[12/29/17]   Naturepod article says:-

"When people think about schools, they typically imagine rows of desks and chairs; however, what research and personal experience tells us is that sitting in a hard seat for hours at a time is actually not the best way for kids to learn.

And sitting for the majority of the school day has a negative impact on health and well-being.

The growing connection between design and pedagogy has placed equal importance on spaces designed to promote both low-to-moderate movement and moderate-to-high physical activity for total physical activity, health, and well-being in schools.

But to affect health and learning toward a culture of well-being in schools calls for the integration of policies, places, and people prioritizing movement-rich pedagogy each and every day for every child."

Consider your classroom, play learning or home environment and how it possibly impacts on childrens learning.

[12/14/17]   "Love, in the form of inherent interest, therefore seems to be the driving force in truly satisfying work, and moreover, will get you through the tough times of getting up early or having to give up some of your personal life. Yes, you need to be paid (unless it is volunteer work or work around the home).

However, what is really going to bring you the greatest gratification will be the job’s ability to allow you to express your true identity, skills, and values."

Source: "When Love is the Driving Force in Work," by Susan Krause Whitbourne, PhD, Psychology Today, September 26, 2017

[12/13/17]   This is what we need to help more teachers and children to do and learn about.....

According to Seelig, to fully unleash your inner creative genius you must go through the following 4 stages:

Imagination stage: This is where you engage with the world in the present, and think of ways it could be different.

Creativity stage: Start experimenting with solutions and gathering data.

Innovation stage: Focus and reframe the problem from new and unique angles.

Entrepreneurial stage: Begin to get others excited about your idea, and inspire them to join your team.

[12/12/17]   Dr Yalow...... Says...... "Children learn by interacting with the world around them. That's supporting the development of their brain circuitry...

For a child, learning should be fun; they should want to explore the world around them.

We should want them to learn who they are, not who we want them to be."

[11/24/17]   Yale professor Edward Zigler, a leader in child-development and early-education policy for half a century, the best preschool programs share several features:

-They provide ample opportunities for young children to use and hear complex, interactive language;

-Their curriculum supports a wide range of school-readiness goals that include social and emotional skills and active learning;

-They encourage meaningful family involvement; and

-They have knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers."

[11/24/17]   "If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.

When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there - thinking about the future or the past, or preoccupied with other problems - then the child is not really there for you."

-Thich Nhat Hanh

[11/18/17]   Levine from the US says

The happiest, most successful children have parents who do not do for them what they are capable of doing, or almost capable of doing...

"The central task of growing up is to develop a sense of self that is autonomous, confident and generally in accord with reality. If you treat your walking toddler as if she can’t walk, you diminish her confidence and distort reality.

Couldnt agree more....

Asia Pacific Early Childhood Consultants


2100 little people all in the one place!

[06/19/17]   6. Giữ lời hứa. Hãy tôn trọng những thỏa thuận. Khi bạn thực hiện lời hứa của bạn, tốt hoặc không tốt, con bạn học cách tin tưởng và kính trọng bạn. Vì vậy khi bạn hứa là sẽ đi dạo sau khi con bạn nhặt đồ chơi lên, hãy bảo đảm rằng bạn chuẩn bị sẵn giầy đi bộ của mình. Khi bạn nói bạn sẽ rời thư viện nếu các em không thôi chạy loanh quanh, hãy chuẩn bị rời đi ngay. Bạn không cần phải làm ồn ào về chuyện này – càng làm thực chừng nào càng tốt chừng đó. Điều này giúp con bạn cảm thấy an toàn hơn, vì nó tạo nên một môi trường nhất quán và biết trước.

6. Keep promises
When you follow through on your promises, good or bad, your child learns to trust and respect you. She learns that you won’t let her down when you’ve promised something nice, and she also learns not to try to change your mind when you’ve explained a consequence. So when you promise to go for a walk after your child picks up her toys, make sure you have your walking shoes handy. When you say you’ll leave the library if your child doesn’t stop running around, be prepared to leave straight away.

[06/14/17]   When looking at your preschool setting, check for the relationships that are being built in the everyday environment. Check for positive language and interactions. These are more important than any resources, any toy.

Time is needed for healthy relationships to be built maintained and improved whether its between teachers, children and parents. Time means different things to children and we need to help them to value time but remind ourselves that we often rush children.

[06/09/17]   5. Bố/Mẹ đã nghe thấy con rồi.’ Nghe tích cực là một biện pháp khác giúp con bạn kiểm soát cảm xúc của các em. Trẻ có xu hướng thất vọng, đặc biệt khi các em không thể diễn đạt tốt bằng lời. Khi bạn nhắc lại cho trẻ những gì bạn nghĩ các em có thể đang cảm nhận, nó giúp giảm căng thẳng ở các em. Nó cũng giúp các em cảm thấy được tôn trọng và an ủi. Nó có thể tháo ngòi những cơn phẫn nộ tiềm tàng.

5. Listen actively
To listen actively, you can nod as your child talks, and repeat back what you think your child is feeling. For example, ‘It sounds like you feel really sad that your blocks fell down’. When you do this, it can help young children cope with tension and big emotions like frustration, which sometimes lead to unwanted behaviour. It also makes them feel respected and comforted. It can even diffuse potential temper tantrums.

[06/06/17]   3. Nhận biết khi con bạn ‘ngoan’. Việc này đơn giản có nghĩa là khi con bạn đang hành xử theo cách bạn thích, bạn có thể cho con bạn thấy phản hồi tích cực. Ví dụ, ‘Ồ, con đang chơi thật ngoan. Bố/Mẹ thật sự thích cách con để toàn bộ đồ chơi trên bàn’. Cách này sẽ hiệu quả hơn là đợi cho đến khi những đồ chơi này rơi xuống sàn nhà rồi quát con bạn ‘Này, hãy dừng lại’. Phản hồi tích cực đôi khi được gọi là ‘lời khen không hạn chế’. Hãy cố gắng đưa ra 6 nhận xét tích cực (khen ngợi và khích lệ) cho mỗi nhận xét tiêu cực (phê bình và khiển trách). Tỉ lệ 6-1 sẽ giữ cân bằng mọi thứ. Hãy nhớ rằng nếu trẻ chỉ có lựa chọn giữa không chú ý hoặc chú ý tiêu cực, các em sẽ nghiêng về chú ý tiêu cực.

3. Catch your child being ‘good’
When your child is behaving in a way you like, give her some positive feedback. For example, ‘Wow, you’re playing so nicely. I really like the way you’re keeping all the blocks on the table’. This works better than waiting for the blocks to come crashing to the floor before you take notice and say, ‘Hey, stop that’.

This positive feedback is sometimes called descriptive praise because it tells children specifically what they’re doing well. Try to make six positive comments for every negative comment. And remember that if children have a choice between no attention or negative attention, they’ll often seek out negative attention.

[06/02/17]   2.Cho con bạn biết bạn cảm nghĩ ra sao. Hãy trung thực nói với con bạn về hành vi của con bạn ảnh hưởng đến bạn như thế nào. Như vậy sẽ giúp con bạn nhìn thấy cảm xúc của chính con bạn ở trong bạn, giống như một cái gương. Hiện tượng này được gọi là sự đồng cảm. Khi lên 3 tuổi, trẻ em có thể thể hiện sự đồng cảm thực sự. Vì vậy, bạn có thể nói, ‘Bố/Mẹ đang buồn bực vì có quá nhiều tiếng ồn nên bố/mẹ không thể nói chuyện điện thoại được’. Khi bạn bắt đầu câu nói với từ ‘Bố/Mẹ’, sẽ cho con bạn cơ hội nhìn sự việc từ góc nhìn của bạn.

2. Show your child how you feel
Telling your child honestly how his behaviour affects you helps him see his own feelings in yours. And if you start sentences with ‘I’, it gives your child the chance to see things from your perspective. For example, ‘I’m getting upset because there is so much noise that I can’t talk on the phone’.

[06/01/17]   Làm theo những lời khuyên này để khuyến khích những hành vi mà bạn muốn ở
con bạn.
1. Trẻ làm những gì bạn làm. Con bạn quan sát bạn để có được định hướng hành xử ra sao trên thế
giới này. Bạn là hình mẫu của con bạn, vì vậy hãy dùng chính hành vi của mình để hướng dẫn con
bạn. Những gì bạn làm thường quan trọng hơn những gì bạn nói. Nếu bạn muốn con bạn nói ‘làm
ơn’, chính bạn phải nói như vậy. Nếu bạn không muốn con bạn lên giọng, chính bạn phải nói nhỏ
nhẹ và từ tốn.

Tips for good behaviour
1. Be a role model
Use your own behaviour to guide your child. Your child watches you to get clues on how to behave – and what you do is often much more important than what you say. For example, if you want your child to say ‘please’, say it yourself. If you don’t want your child to raise her voice, speak quietly and gently yourself.

UNICEF Viet Nam - Quỹ Nhi Đồng Liên Hợp Quốc

"Thông tin mà chúng ta post lên mạng luôn để lại "dấu vết" để có thể xác định danh tính và lần theo một cách dễ dàng. Một khi thông tin đã được đưa lên mạng, rất khó có thể xóa đi triệt để. Các thông tin sẽ được copy, lưu giữ và có thể sẽ tồn tại mãi mãi", ông Nguyễn Ngọc Anh, chuyên gia Bảo vệ trẻ em của UNICEF trả lời phỏng vấn Việt Nam News hôm nay. Vì vậy, hãy nghĩ thật kỹ trước khi post hình của trẻ em lên mạng các bạn nhé!

"The information we put online leaves "footprint" that help identify or trace young people easily. Once the information is oline, it is hard to remove; it can be copied, cached and may be around forever", Nguyen Ngoc Anh, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist shared with Vietnam News today. So, please think twice before posting kids' images online.

[05/27/17]   Teachers and leaders - good information here from Rasmussen....

Based on knowing how the brain works, neuroscientists have concluded that:

1. To take any kind of committed action, people need to think things through for themselves;

2. People experience a degree of inertia around thinking for themselves due to the energy required;

3. The act of having an 'aha' moment gives off the kind of energy needed for people to become motivated and willing to take action.

Important for leaders today, and central to being a quiet leader are the abilities to create the physical and mental space for people to want to think, to help others simplify their thinking, to notice certain qualities in people's thinking, and help others make their own connections.

[05/26/17]   Dr. Gross writes:

"I have witnessed a few different situations that describe the majority of child bullies:

1. Like Parent, Like Child
Children model what they see. If a child is bullied by his/her parent, or is being abused or treated in a disrespectful way at home, that child is likely to imitate this behavior at school.

2. The Powerless Child
Sometimes, the child that bullies is the child who feels completely powerless at home…This child may attempt to gain back power by bullying others at school.

3. The Forgotten Child
I have seen children who feel invisible at home act out as bullies at school…That feeling of invisibility may turn into anger, resentment and then bullying others at school.

4. The Entitled Child
Then there is the child who has been given too much power…Children who are given everything they want, raised without limitations and rules to follow…may believe they have a right to bully others at school, since they bulldoze their parents at home.

5. Children Who Lack Empathy
Finally, there are those children who come from wonderful, loving homes with actively involved parents who become bullies. These child bullies may simply lack empathy, like to dominate...and want power. The wonderful thing about this is that empathy is something that can be taught."

Little Learners Childcare and Training

Short and sweet but packed with wonderful ideas.... Good summary of Reggio but there is so much more....

Really worth the two minutes to watch this, I think there is often a misconception about what the Reggio approach is!

Early Childhood Inspirations

[05/18/17]   Critical thinking skills is one of the aspects that researchers say is crucial for children to have for their future jobs.

How can we as teachers and parents use questions in every day conversation with young children to enable them to be confident to ask questions themselves, not only of others but of themselves.

We do not wish to test them but to let them see that they have opportunities to ask why, how things work and how relationships with each other, with ourselves and with the surroundings enable us to see, listen to and feel the beauty in the environment.

We want critical thinking to be part of everyday routines and for children to be able to express themselves freely. Asking hypothetical questions...what would you do if.....? how do you feel when ......what might happen if you ......?

Any questions?? Please ask...

[05/16/17]   6 C's of effective child development: this is what children need today and for their future as many jobs do not even exist yet....

Collaboration is everything from getting along with others to controlling your impulses so you can get along and not kick someone else off the swing. It's building a community and experiencing diversity and culture. Everything we do, in the classroom or at home, has to be built on that foundation.

Communication comes next, because you can't communicate if you have no one to communicate with. This includes speaking, writing, reading, and that all-but-lost art of listening.

Content is built on communication. You can't learn anything if you haven't learned how to understand language, or to read.

Critical thinking relies on content, because you can't navigate masses of information if you have nothing to navigate to.

Creative innovation requires knowing something. You can't just be a monkey throwing paint on a canvas. It's the 10,000-hour rule: You need to know something well enough to make something new.

Confidence. You have to have the confidence to take safe risks. There isn't an entrepreneur or a scientific pioneer who hasn't had failures. And if we don't rear children who are comfortable taking risks, we won't have successes.

[05/10/17]   Anne Pelo says

When we reshape our intention, though, from teaching to thinking, our exchanges with children change.

They become authentic conversations, and we ask our questions with the mutual aims of understanding a child’s thinking and of supporting a child's search to make meaning — a search to know, rather than to learn...

"We act with regard for children’s human dignity when we:

Listen with our full attention.

Learn the languages that children speak.

Join our attention to their attention.

Allow space and time for exploratory thought.

Relax our urgent push to teach."

[05/08/17]   Knock Education Consulting wishes to thank all those interested people who read our posts and like our pages. It provides a huge incentive to us to keep you informed of the latest research, our thoughts and ideas.

THANK YOU and I hope to see you soon in either our workshops (coming soon), a preschool you have or are looking at for your child, or somewhere in the social media world.

Our aim is to improve learning experiences for young children and to empower Vietnamese teachers to do the best they can for young children.

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