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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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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The Learning Community

The Learning Community

An important aspect of building a learning community is offering all members an opportunity to contribute to the growth and advancement of the community. Contribution encourages ownership and pride in the work being done and creates feelings of connection to continued success. In an education learning community there are three main participants, children, educators, and parents.

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A School Age Community

A School Age Community

In afterschool programs there exists a belief that the most beneficial activities for school age children resemble the activities they participate in at school. Scheduled and prescribed activities may be beneficial, but with so much structure there is less time for children in afterschool programs to create a learning community. A community that encourages children to practice social skills, nurture friendships, and give back to other children.

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The Question

The Question

Talking to parents can be hard for educators. Over the years, I developed a plan to create open lines of communication with parents. When I talk with parents in a conference, one on one, or when checking in I usually start with a question. It is the same question every time or a version of the same question.

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A Community of Learning

A Community of Learning

I attended a professional development weekend in Portland recently. One breakout session featured documentation and discussion about children in two different classes and age groups. The session shared a story about children of different ages coming together and discovering each other. The presentation provoked and ignited my thinking.

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The Montessori Tea

The Montessori Tea

Last week I went to the annual Montessori Tea. The Tea is a chance for Montessorians to come together and celebrate two exceptional individuals in the Montessori community, and to celebrate the spirit of Maria Montessori through the teachers and leaders work. What is exceptional about this event is the acts of the community that happen during the Tea.

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The Camp Model

The Camp Model

“The Camp Model” has been around for years and is the cornerstone of many camps and afterschool programs, hence the name. It grew out of the recreation movement of the last century. It was a way for organizations and cities to provide leisure services for workers and families during the industrial revolution and beyond.

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