In this two-hour workshop, neuroscience comes alive as early childhood teachers, leaders and parents explore meaningful, intentional ways to utilize focused play in early childhood classrooms and at home.
This interactive session will equip teachers and parents with research and practice to incorporate and advocate for purposeful play that develops 21st century skills in young children. Parents are also bombarded with a multitude of technology and toy options that leave them wondering what is really best for their children’s creative development outside of school. This session will help parents select materials and toys to support children’s imaginations at home.
The session will cover: the neuroscience behind executive functioning and self-regulation, the relationship between play and cognitive development, and playful learning activities teachers can incorporate in their class-rooms.
Margaret earned her B.S. in elementary and early childhood education from Florida State University and her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction (with a major emphasis in reading and minor emphasis in special education) from University of New Orleans. She was a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, working with a wide range of children mostly in Houston ISD SIGHTS and Vanguard classrooms.
Margaret began her involvement with School Literacy and Culture in 1990 as a resident teacher. She became a mentor in 1991 and left the classroom in 1996 when she was given the job of assistant director for the Classroom Storytelling work at SLC. She and Patsy Cooper designed the first Summer Institute in 1996 and Margaret went on to design and lead subsequent yearly institutes until her first retirement from SLC in 2001. After retiring, Margaret consulted across the country presenting workshops and institutes and worked in the Houston area in several schools as an early childhood specialist consultant. Margaret was an evaluator/consultant/presenter for Learning Resources(R) helping to develop new materials for early childhood education. She came out of retirement in 2013 to go back to work with School Literacy and Culture, serving as the literacy and the arts coordinator as well as a mentor teacher and seminar co-leader. Margaret retired again in 2017.