New Workshops at Possibilities ECE

New Workshops at Possibilities ECE

At Possibilities ECE, our work is focused around the belief that children are creators of their knowledge through long-term project learning. What we have in common is our shared value of children’s endless possibilities.

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The Emotional Lives of Early Childhood Educators

The Emotional Lives of Early Childhood Educators

At a recent conference, a group of educators came together to discuss self-care. During the discussion one area of concern was the emotional labor involved in our work. This interaction started me on a journey in thinking about the emotions involved in my work with children. What did I discover?

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What is a Learning Experience?

What is a Learning Experience?

The following are the seven main actions I observed as children were engaged in the learning experience. This is a unique journey for each child and is not as programmed and standardized as we may be led to believe.

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What is Pedagogy? What is a Curriculum?

What is Pedagogy? What is a Curriculum?

In our work with children, we all experience the influence of these two educational elements. The amount of influence these elements have on our practice and the way people view education is often based on their beliefs about these elements. 

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Light Through Texture - Digital Projections

Light Through Texture - Digital Projections

Light is the foundation of digital projections in the classroom. This type of work asks us to extend our thinking beyond what is solid and what can be transformed as light encounters other materials.

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The Cardboard Sculpture

The Cardboard Sculpture

This is a story about how one educator created an invitation with recycled materials and how the children turned what was thought to be an art installation into a scientific investigation. 

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How Can Mindfulness Improve Our Practice?

How Can Mindfulness Improve Our Practice?

At a recent training on observation, educators shared their practice for observing, collecting, organizing, and displaying the work they do with children. A common thread that tied all of the work together was mindfulness. 

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Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Here are the concepts that I have continually practiced during my career with school age children. These practices have worked wonderfully, supported the children, their education, the parents, and the entire learning community.

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Digital Landscapes

Digital Landscapes

There are many strengths and concerns about how we offer these digital provocations and the impact on young children. So, I have been spending time thinking about a theoretical framework for the digital environment.

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Group Sculpture

Group Sculpture

We were invited to participate in a group sculpture challenge. What happened when we proposed this idea to the children? What were the challenges of engaging in this type of work? What did we learn by observing the collaboration between children and educators?

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Maker Spaces

Maker Spaces

The ethos of the maker movement aligns well with constructivist practices. Children in maker spaces are invited to create something from the available materials and to experiment, construct, and iterate, as the work becomes the vehicle for learning.

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Being Thankful

Being Thankful

In this time of celebration and gathering of friends and family, it is also time to be thankful and reflect on our other family, our learning community. This is a short story about our role as an educator and how we have so much to be thankful for. 

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Setting Priorities

Setting Priorities

At a recent professional development conference there was much discussion about the challenge of setting priorities when working in an early childhood environment. Looking into this subject further I found some universal suggestions that may help us understand the subject a little more.

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Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance

Lately, the children have been playing a game that has been around since I was a child and has stood the test of time. A simple game that brings the children together each afternoon to enjoy each other’s company and play for the joy that it brings to life. 

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