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To promote high-quality Pre-K, we need to measure what matters.

This legislative session, the state of Florida is debating how to measure the effectiveness of its pre-K program. We know teacher-child interactions are the best indicator of student success. So we believe measuring teacher-child interactions is the most effective way to promote high-quality instruction.

When we measure what matters, we get the full benefit of investment in early learning. We get the creative problem solvers we want for our society. We get the positive educational outcomes we strive for. We hope to see change on this in 2020.

Contact your legislator to let them know you care about this issue and want them to measure what matters when it comes to Pre-K.

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It’s difficult to manage children if you don’t have a relationship with them. That’s why it’s important to measure the feeling in a classroom. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize the relationship between teachers and students, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure positive classroom environment, we see:

  • Teachers and students have positive relationships and enjoy each other (they are not irritated with each other).
  • Children are excited to learn and be in the class (negative situations are deescalated and diffused by teacher).
  • Teachers and students are respectful of one another (No bullying, threatening).

measure what matters

It’s difficult to manage children if you don’t have a relationship with them. That’s why it’s important to measure how teachers build independence in their students. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize a teacher’s ability to inspire independence, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.
When we measure how a teacher builds student independence, we see:

  • Teachers are flexible in incorporating children’s interests and ideas in their learning activities
  • Teachers encourage children to express their ideas
  • Teachers foster independence and responsibility in children

measure what matters

It’s difficult to ask children to learn if their work environment is chaotic. That’s why it’s important to measure how teachers manage behavior their classrooms. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize a teacher’s ability to manage behavior, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure how a teacher manages behavior, we see:

  • Clear rules and expectations consistently reinforced
  • Teachers are proactive in anticipating difficulty
  • Teachers reinforce positive behaviors and redirect unwanted ones

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It’s difficult to ask children to learn if their work environment is chaotic. That’s why it’s important to measure how teachers build productive classrooms. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize a focused classroom, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure how focused a classroom is, we see:

  • Teachers maximize learning time by having clearly defined learning activities ready for children so transitions are brief, little waiting, few disruptions
  • Routines children know and follow throughout the day
  • Little wandering in the productive classroom

measure what matters

It’s difficult to ask children to learn if their work environment is chaotic. That’s why it’s important to measure how teachers keep students engaged. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize an engaged classroom, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure how engaging a teacher is, we see:

  • Teachers actively facilitate children’s involvement in activities
  • They use a variety of materials and modalities to teach
  • Children are focused and actively involved in lessons
  • Learning objectives are clear.

measure what matters

Early learning teachers have the opportunity to mold how children learn for the rest of their lives–but we can’t expect students to think critically if they aren’t challenged by a sensitive teacher in a structured classroom.

That’s why it’s important to measure how teachers deepen student understanding. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize a teacher’s ability to deepen student’s knowledge, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure how a teacher deepens student knowledge, we see:

  • Teachers intentionally sustain interactions that deepen and expand understanding
  • Ask ‘Why’ and ‘how’ questions to encourage analysis and reasoning
  • Integrate new ideas into previous knowledge and connect it with real-world applications

measure what matters

Early learning teachers have the opportunity to mold how children learn for the rest of their lives–but we can’t expect students to think critically if they aren’t challenged by a sensitive teacher in a structured classroom.

That’s why it’s important to measure how teachers give feedback. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize a teacher’s ability to give quality feedback we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure how a teacher gives quality feedback, we see:

  • They focus on the process of learning rather than getting the ‘right answer’
  • They provide children with specific information about their work by expanding and clarifying ideas
  • They ask follow-up questions to help deepen understanding

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It’s difficult to manage children if you don’t have a relationship with them. That’s why it’s important to measure teacher sensitivity in a classroom. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize a teacher’s knowledge of her students, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure teacher sensitivity, we see:

  • Teacher knows students well enough both academically and socially to be aware of and respond to their needs. This includes treating each child as an individual when it is time to challenge, motivate, or redirect them.
  • Children are comfortable to freely participate and take risks, seeking adult support and guidance when needed.

measure what matters

Early learning teachers have the opportunity to mold how children learn for the rest of their lives–but we can’t expect students to think critically if they aren’t challenged by a sensitive teacher in a structured classroom.

That’s why it’s important to measure how often teachers engage students in conversation. Early learning centers are motivated to achieve what they are measured by. If we prioritize a teacher’s conversations with students, we will create better learning environments #ForFloridaChildren.

When we measure a teacher’s conversations with students, we see:

  • Teachers participate in frequent conversations
  • Teachers ask open-ended questions
  • Teachers repeat, extend, and elaborate children’s responses
  • Teachers use advanced language that contains a variety of words.