The Purpose of Education

The Purpose of Education

I wonder if we have reached a point where the factory model of education needs some updating? Is it possible for education to transform into something that encourages children to learn how to learn, so they can explore different interests over a lifetime?

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Self Portraits

Self Portraits

As a new school year begins. The learning community is forming and part of the work for educators is self-examination. Now is a wonderful time to look where our journey as an educator has traveled and where it is going.

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A Playground for Marbles

A Playground for Marbles

A wonderful part of the learning community blossoms when a few children create something that captures the imagination of other children, who join in and collaborate on adapting and creating a new version of the original creation. 

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Competition and Collaboration

Competition and Collaboration

Our words, thoughts, and actions are the tools educators use to guide children along the learning journey. As educators, we have to decide to what degree competition and collaboration fit into our practice.

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Thrilled to Learn

Thrilled to Learn

Joyful play in children is about engagement. It starts with the children’s interest in a material or an idea. This is a process where children, alone and in collaboration, engage with their interest and take a deep dive into the process of finding answers.

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Socially Interactive

Socially Interactive

When choosing their own work, often children are engaged with other children and much of the process of exploring their wonderings is done in collaboration. The process of discovery and creation then becomes a place for social interaction

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The Lego Community

The Lego Community

When the children are choosing work and have time to be mindful in their creative process, a collaborative effort blossoms. The collaboration begins with a discussion then turns to action as the ideas expressed are attempted and refined.

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Embracing Free Play for Self Care

Embracing Free Play for Self Care

As an educator we give time to others. We give selflessly to our schools, community, and the children. The demands of serving others often takes precedent over developing a rejuvenating self-care practice. Incorporating more free play into our lives will support our growth and well being as educators.

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