Parents as teachers in co-op system

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Parents as teachers in co-op system

I get that question a lot. How do parents become educated to become teachers in our classroom? We do a couple of things. One is that part of my job is to role model teaching behavior in the classroom. One of the things I love about my job is that, not only am I in the classroom with children, but their parents on a daily basis. They get to see how I interact with the children, what kinds of techniques and strategies that I use in dealing with the young children. Additionally, we have a parent educator in our school who is in the classroom once a week. We also have a meeting once a week with the parent educator with the entire school. The educator teaches the parents how to teach. My job as an educator is to teach the teachers.

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Tom Hobson

Co-Op Preschool Teacher

Tom is a preschool teacher, blogger, artist, and author. For the past 10 years, he’s worked for the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools, teaching two to five year olds in Seattle, Washington where he lives with his wife and daughter. His award-winning blog, “Teacher Tom,” has earned him an international following as a leading proponent of a progressive, play-based curriculum and the cooperative model of early childhood education, as well as a fierce advocate for public policies that support the whole child and the teaching of democratic values to even our youngest citizens. His blog, like his classroom, is a place of exploration of the physical, social, political, emotional, and even spiritual world. It’s a place of experimentation, where the adults learn every bit as much as the children.

Tom is the author of A Parent’s Guide To Seattle, a regular speaker on early childhood education, a board member of the Fremont Arts Council, and a founding member of the Superhuggers performance art ensemble.

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