Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Two: How What We Feel Builds the Brain
By Mike Huber
We become early childhood teachers because we want to care for children. If there is a need, we provide for it. We know that we keep children fed and see to their physical needs. Bridging the Relationship Gap gives us a way to look at needs that aren’t as visible. Chapter 2: How What We Feel Builds the Brain helped me get a clearer picture of what is happening in a young child experiencing trauma. It is important to have this understanding, if I as a teacher am going to be effective with these children.
In reading about positive stress, I thought about the way…
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By Amanda Hodel
I am excited to kick off the first week of this book study for Bridging the Relationship Gap by Dr. Sara Langworthy. I had the pleasure of reading this book very soon after its publication and am eager to re-read it now and examine new ways in which it is applicable to my own work and experiences.
To provide some context, I would like to quickly share how I am involved in this field. I came to my first reading of this book from a very academic background, during the completing of my PhD in Child Development at the University of Minnesota. I am forever grateful for the training provided by the faculty members of this program, as it beautifully emphasized the idea that understanding early relationships is critical if we wish to understand pathways in development – why some children thrive and others seem to struggle.
I would like to share some of my views on some of the most salient points of this chapter and close by reflecting on what we have learned and how we can use this information…
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Today’s the day – welcome to my spring 2017 book study! We’ll be taking a closer look at children and trauma. The book of choice is Dr. Sara E. Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity. “Bridging the Relationship Gap” is a useful resource for professionals who work with children facing adversity, for educators who are teaching the next generation of child care providers, and for caregivers who are trying to provide the best care for their children during difficult times.
Participate in weekly discussions and ponder each chapter with others in the field. Paid participants ($30) will have access to guest content experts, along with the author for weekly discussions! They’ll also receive a certificate of participation/completion afterwards (follow these steps)
Participants of this book study will:
- Learn about the ecological, biological, and cultural factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gaps.
- Examine different attachment styles and learn how to recognize them in children.
- Understand how stress and trauma affect brain development and behavior.
- Learn techniques for dealing with tough situations.
- Discover ways to foster recovery and resiliency in children.
The first guest expert commentary will be released tomorrow (Thurs. 2/2/17) on this blog https://enhancingyoungminds.com/. Paid participants will have full access to the password protected post of the guest expert’s commentary and a private learning community! Non-paying participants will have limited access through this blog and are welcome to participate in open discussions (just REPLY to each blog post weekly). After you’ve read Chapter 1, reply to the correlating blog post with your reactions, thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. I look forward to the discussion!
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*JOIN ANYTIME Even though the live study begins Feb. 1, 2017, you are free to join at any time and complete at your own pace! Pay and participate in all 7 discussions to receive your certificate (MN Develop Approved)
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The seventh guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)
Dr. Robert Gundling is the Deputy Operating Officer for Sunshine Early Learning Center in Washington, DC. He is an Early Childhood Educator with over 40 years of experience working with children, families and early childhood professionals. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. His experience includes: teaching kindergarten and first grade in a public school system, administrator of a variety of Early Care and Education programs, government positions in Early Childhood Education and teaching courses at colleges and universities.
Robert will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 16th, 2017, regarding chapter 7 of Sara Langworthy’s book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.
*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!