Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, blogger, speaker, artist and author, based in Seattle. He has written Teacher Tom’s First Book and Teacher Tom’s Second Book, as well as having a very active blog site.
After nearly 20 years as the preschool teacher at the Woodland Park Cooperative School teaching children aged from 2 to 5, he is now working with businesses and other institutions to help make high-quality, play-based preschool education a possibility for children everywhere.
In this special interview, we start with a quote from one of Tom’s blog posts – the current pandemic is a ‘once in a lifetime, transformative opportunity to experience the world in new ways, for better and worse’.
We discuss the opportunities and benefits; the effects on families; concerns about ‘falling behind’ in academic work; teachers and the importance of maintaining relationships; the aims behind the Play First Summit that Sally Haughey and Teacher Tom are hosting on 20th to 24th July 2020
You can find the Play First Summit here: https://theplayfirstsummit.com/
Teacher Tom’s very active blogspot is here: http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/
Teacher Tom’s book are available from here: http://www.teachertomsfirstbook.com/books.html
And in the UK from Fafunia here: https://www.fafuplay.com/learning-and-development-resources.html#/
Books that Tom mentions:
A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik
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