Melissa Kolb

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Melissa Kolb is a preschool teacher in Portland, Oregon.

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Words with Friends

Melissa Kolb explores what needs to be in place for our youngest students to learn how to converse kindly.

Do You Have Any Questions? Conferring with Families

We've all experienced that moment in a parent conference. You finish your spiel, which includes assessment data, charts, and an anecdote or two about the child. And when you're finished, the parent asks, "But how is my child doing?" Melissa Kolb explores the reasons why there can be a mismatch between our sense of useful information in parent conferences and a parent's expectations.

Three Ways to Build Purpose in a Preschool Reading Workshop

Melissa Kolb finds her three- and four-year-old students are ready for more focus during reading time.

I Have Two Pictures of Cindy. . .

Melissa Kolb writes about the importance of time and patience in meeting our goals with young learners — in this instance, a child who struggles to speak in her preschool classroom.

Preschool: Learning in Many Languages

Melissa Kolb explains how she supports many languages in her preschool classroom through the thoughtful use of volunteers and other resources in this three-minute video.

Preschool Morning Sign-In

Melissa Kolb explains the social and academic value of morning sign-in for preschoolers.

Preschool Read Aloud

Melissa Kolb talks about the power of read alouds for preschoolers and shares an example from her classroom in this video.


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