Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host:What is the High/Scope approach?
Rene Hackney: High/Scope is a Piagetian term where it is really based on science and in language development for young children in that assuming that children learn best when they have hands on experience that if they can actually manipulate in and use the things that they are learning about they will have a much deeper understanding. It also incorporates something called Plan, Do, Review where children are introduced to a topic before it happens such as if they are going to be learning about the farm, they will read books about the farm and they will have a farm place set in there and then they will go do where they go visit the farm and then they review and they talk about all those things they learned about the farm. So, children are getting that vocabulary before, during and after. That Plan, Do, Review is just we built in to every cycle throughout the day. So if they are sitting before a circle time, the teacher might say, Well, Johnny what do you planned to do today? and go around the circle and ask everyone their plans, then while they are doing center time she will walk around and say, Look at you, you are building your blocks and she will comment on what they are doing, so they have got the plan and the do. Then the review is where the teacher sits back at circle time and says, What did you do at center time? The children are again getting their vocabulary before, during and after. They are going to have a richer understanding of those activities.