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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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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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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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

As humans, we are all invested in discovering our world. The practices of discovery allow us to test ideas of what might be happening, to draw conclusion, and to create a construct that explains and categorizes as a ‘truth’ from our discovery.

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Community Helpers

Community Helpers

An important aspect of building the learning community is inviting outside community helpers to share their story with the children. These visits invite children to think about how they can contribute to the community, help others, and make a contribution to the greater good.

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School and Afterschool

School and Afterschool

In my practice with school age children, I have experienced a wide variety of relationships with different schools. While practicing in these different environments I had one goal, how can the school and our program create an environment that affords the best experience for the children and families and builds the learning community.

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The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

I want to propose a new type of celebration during Valentine’s Day. To start off the new year and move toward Spring renewal I want to suggest in addition to all of the cards, candy, and flowers we as a people use Valentine’s Day to celebrate us, as in humanity.

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A Play Life

A Play Life

Children desire to experience a play life, a life of joy and exploration a time to grow up slowly and savor the magic and wonders of the world. Time to live mindful of what is happening around them without worrying about what happens next. The pressure of modern school expectations is demanding much of the wonder of childhood and stealing time that before constituted child initiated activities

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Our Beliefs About Education

Our Beliefs About Education

A part of looking forward or looking back at the past year involves looking at our practice. Our beliefs as an educator influence the way we function in the classroom. Our practice, the ideas and philosophies educators hold dear represent the backbone of our actions when working with children.

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Play In The Land of Academics

Play In The Land of Academics

Living as an afterschool educator and observing children at play for many years, I have observed how the amount and emphasis on play has changed. Science states play and physical activity represent an important part of education and benefits the growing and active brain. In trying to figure out the history of play and education a question came to mind. What caused test scores and grades become more important than the rest of life's activities?

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Our Journey as a Profession

Our Journey as a Profession

Our field is on a journey to becoming a profession and the road ahead is a bumpy ever-changing one. Early childhood education and the current journey to professionalism requires educators to work together to raise all ships by advocating for a professional pathway and a salary that compensates those willing to take the path.

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Deeply Personal and Inherently Social

Deeply Personal and Inherently Social

Applied knowledge is the act of learning through hands-on experiences. It is a concept that takes education out from behind the desk creating classroom communities of practice. In communities of practice, individual and shared meaning moves beyond the school into community and society.

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Young Children and College

Young Children and College

I was having a conversation with a fellow educator. We were discussing the different types of programs that exist for school age children. With the variety of different programs I started to wonder What is the role of an afterschool program in the lives of children?

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