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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

The classroom is a place where children flock to learn new things, and it can be a bit crazy sometimes. As a teacher, you must remain positive and strong-willed. Read along as the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Christine Marsh, shares her wisdom on the topic of attitude and teaching. Christine Marsh is a teacher at Chaparral High School, and she passionately teaches 11th and 12th grade Advanced Placement English.

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By Marjaneh Gilpatrick, EdD
Executive Director of Educational Outreach and Chair of MEd in TESOL

At a faculty and staff meeting in Grand Canyon University’s College of Education, Dean Kimberly LaPrade, PhD, asked everyone to share their thoughts about Thanksgiving from an educator’s lens.

Some reflected on how Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for educators to make meaning of it with their students:

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

Preschool is the perfect time for young children to develop positive learning habits and self-confidence. There are many different kinds of preschool philosophies and pedagogies that support the functions of preschools.

At Grand Canyon University, a degree in early childhood education can prepare you to teach in different preschool settings. In addition, you will gain the confidence to give the next generation the tools for a successful learning experience. Continue reading to learn about various preschool philosophies:

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

A classroom is a diverse place where students of different ages, genders, cultures, socio-economic standings and religions all come together to learn. Therefore, it is important for teachers to promote diversity in the classroom. By doing so, students can learn the values of respect, acceptance and community. In addition, teaching tolerance in the classroom will result in students applying their knowledge and education to their homes and communities. Here are four ways to celebrate diversity in your classroom:

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By Lorin Marchese
Coordinator, Strategic Educational Alliances

Like many other teachers’ kids, I spent a lot of extra time in classrooms during the school year. But, unlike most, I also spent my vacations in them.

The school year was spent with my father who taught social studies and coached baseball and softball at a local Phoenix high school. Summer vacations were spent with his mother, my grandmother, who taught at a high school in Kearny, New Jersey.

Education is in some ways the Marchese “family business” and to be honest, for the longest time, I wanted nothing to do with it. I could not see how they both enjoyed their jobs so much. I could not understand how they could enjoy all of the extra hours and the complaining that came from the students and parents. The idea of teaching, of being anywhere near a classroom, was the furthest thing from my mind. 

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

Imagine a young student sitting in a classroom while a teacher is teaching them how to add and subtract. The teacher is speaking at the perfect pace and has a few examples written on the board. However, the young student is having a hard time grasping the concept that is being taught.

Overwhelmed, the young student begins to become restless and the teacher notices the student struggling. The teacher finishes up their lecture and pulls out five marker pens and places them in front of the young student. The teacher then explains the concept and allows the young student to experience adding and subtracting, kinesthetically. Finally, the young student understands and a big smile is planted on both the student’s and the teacher’s face. The experience has resulted in a learning success.

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By Kellianne Holland
Early Childhood Education Major, College of Education

When I made the decision to apply to Grand Canyon University, I was questioning what my purpose was. I was looking to find my passion and what I was meant to do in life. I wanted to go to a college that offered the resources I needed as a college student with a learning disability, so I could succeed in the same ways that other students were succeeding.

That’s when it hit me. I wanted to become a teacher! I wanted to start my journey as an early childhood educator. So, I enrolled at Grand Canyon University and I’m now on my way to fulfilling my purpose! Here are the reasons why I chose GCU for my early childhood education degree:

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Staying motivated is key for elementary educators, as teaching is an important calling. Grand Canyon University offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education that provides the tools and resources you need to be an effective an elementary school teacher. This program could be just what you need to become a motivated educator in the near future.

At this point, you may be wondering how to stay motivated as a teacher. Here are a few ways elementary educators can stay motivated in the classroom:

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