Deborah J. Stewart Teaches Preschool!

Deborah was nominated for the Best Individual Tweeter award by Vanessa Levin at Pre-k Pages.

A year ago Mom to Madre started to follow Deborah J. Stewart on Twitter and Facebook because we loved seeing her photos of darling kids doing fun, creative activities. Now we subscribe to her blog, follow her on our website and get the lovely posts directly in our e-mail. We want to introduce you to her if you don’t know her already. Whether you’re a parent, an educator, or a professional who works with kids and families, you’ll love Deborah’s articles. 10,500+ people follow Deborah on Facebook!

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed., has more than 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education in almost all areas- “teacher, director, curriculum writer, music director, and consultant for staff training and professional development.” She is presently the regional director overseeing three Indiana childcare campuses. She is a mom and knows about children from both perspectives-parent and educator.

Deborah says: “There are so many different kinds of experts in early childhood education. I consider myself more of a grass roots/front line kind of expert. I spend a great deal of time in the early childhood classroom observing children, teachers, and administrators and from that I am always learning and assessing what can we do to be better in the classroom. From classroom set-up, to classroom management, to lesson planning and implementation, to professional development, to teaching styles and practices, to working directly with the children – these are the areas where I find my greatest challenges and my greatest rewards.”

Here is a post titled “Yelling,” that is addressed to preschool teachers, but is a topic everyone can relate to:

Yelling is not an effective teaching practice in preschool

By DEBORAH J. STEWART on NOVEMBER 15, 2010
In CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT,ON BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL,PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Whether you call it yelling, hollering, or raising your voice – the reality is, yelling, hollering, or raising your voice to get the attention of your students is not an effective teaching practice.

Yelling makes you grumpy.
Yelling makes you tired.
Yelling increases your stress.

Yelling makes your students grumpy.
Yelling makes your students tired.
Yelling increases your student’s stress.

When you raise your voice often, the kids learn to tune it out.
Yelling models poor communication skills.
Yelling is disrespectful, intimidating, unprofessional, and hurtful.

The moral of this story is….

If what you have to say is important enough to hear…
Then find a way to say it so the kids will want to listen!

Thanks for sharing, Deborah!

You can find Deborah J. Stewart on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Teachpreschool

She is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/teach_preschool

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2 Responses to “Meet Deborah J. Stewart”

  1. Debbie Clement, Reply

    Love Deborah. Love her site. Love her idea sharing.

  2. Centers and Circle Time, Reply

    Deborah is my go-to person. Her knowledge and experience is invaluable. I wouldn’t make a career decision without consulting her first. Thanks for sharing her with the world:)

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