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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Rules versus Agreements

Rules versus Agreements

Guiding children as they work on social skills is one of our main roles in school age care. Social skills are constantly being refined, as the children get older, bigger, louder, and wiser.

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How Are We Listening?

How Are We Listening?

Certain quotes or phrases can become a talisman for our work, such as “Listening is the premise of every learning relationship” – Carlina Rinaldi (2006). I was reminded of this phrase again a few days ago, when a colleague shared with me that she didn’t have much time for the important work that was happening in her classroom because of other pressing concerns on her time,

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All Together Now

All Together Now

Many elementary children participate in special interest programs afterschool. Some are sports like Tae Kwon Do, swimming, or other seasonal sports. Some children participate in music, language, or enhanced academic programs. These programs are designed to enhance or extend the learning potential of the child, and in many cases these programs promote a life long love of the activity.

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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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All Weather Play

All Weather Play

As winter moves toward spring here in the Northern Hemisphere many people look forward to warming temperatures, more sunshine, longer days, and more opportunities to be outside.The opportunities for outside activities in the winter are numerous, but many folks hibernate this time of year and long for the change in seasons. The same is true for many child development programs.

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The Old Dog Learns a New Trick

The Old Dog Learns a New Trick

My practice with children has consisted of working in primary (3-6 years) and elementary (6-12 years). I have practiced in variety of programs and philosophies and have seen the benefits of each one and how they encourage children to seek understanding of their wonderings and be the initiator of their learning.

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New Beads

New Beads

What materials can be used for bead making that are recyclable, sensitive to the environment, and are not food? I struggle with this question myself; I think it is up to each individual. What I do know is that in the process of bead making we have other choices. There are many traditional and newer materials that we can use to create beads and I am going to share a few of my favorites.

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Reflections on 2016’s Professional Goals, Some Success and Some Opportunities

Reflections on 2016’s  Professional Goals, Some Success and Some Opportunities

I created a post last January about my professional goals for 2016. This January I wanted to see how I performed and what progress I made over the past year, as 2016 has been busy beyond my wildest dreams in terms of professional work. The experiences I had changed my thinking and led to some important discoveries that are the foundation for my work in 2017.

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