Time to Think and Be

Time to Think and Be

In early childhood education, we work in an environment of emotional labor. This is an environment that is always stimulating and busy with many demands on our emotions and energy. Educators rarely have a time when we are removed from demands on our attention. One solution to this condition is to take a break from our busyness and practice being in solitude.

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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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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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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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Online Learning at Possibilities ECE

Online Learning at Possibilities ECE

At Possibilities ECE, we want to share small acts of service within the Early Childhood Education Community. The classes we offer come from a desire to use our experience and knowledge to share with others, so children, families, educators, and the learning community will grow and thrive.

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Activity in School Age Programs

Activity in School Age Programs

Educators in school-age programs spend much of their time trying to create new activities for children to be engaged in the classroom. The process of creating and implementing activities often becomes a distraction from working with the children. How can school-age educators encourage children’s activity while creating opportunities for wonder, discovery, and self directed satisfying work?

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Boundaries

Boundaries

When immersed in play, children enjoy taking risks and challenging themselves physically and mentally. Children are always searching for the limit of their current potential and are motivated to push that potential to achieve a goal. Adults can learn a fresh perspective from children about risk and reward.

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Making Choices in an Early Childhood Community

Making Choices in an Early Childhood Community

There are many options in our field about how to engage effectively with children. Different philosophies focus on different areas of interest with their pedagogical framework. Working with children is a complex practice with decisions that need to be made every day. What is an effective process for making choices?

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Understanding Early Childhood Vulnerability

Understanding Early Childhood Vulnerability

Engaging in the work of early childhood is to experience emotional vulnerability. We need to understand both the forces in our own classrooms and programs, as well as the larger forces of societal constructs to be able to formulate a response and start to build structures that strengthen us emotionally to work with children.

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The Past is the Way to the Future

The Past is the Way to the Future

Early childhood educators change positions multiple times during our working career. In addition to turnover, many more educators move between programs. A large percentage of the field finds themselves in new classrooms or new schools each year. All the transitions to new classrooms/schools require early childhood educators to establish new classroom cultures and/or discover their place.

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Goal Setting in Early Childhood Education 2017

Goal Setting in Early Childhood Education 2017

Professional goals support our long-term happiness and job satisfaction. They are different from New Year’s resolutions, which often fade away by the end of January. Professional goals are focused on our professional growth and when we set these goals, we move forward in who we want to be as early childhood educators.  

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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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A World of Materials

A World of Materials

The variety of philosophies and ideas in our field is fascinating and always constitute debate, but I believe that deep down in our hearts all educators are looking for a material or a method that they believe represents the best for children and their development.

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Daily Pages for Reflective Practice

Daily Pages for Reflective Practice

In early childhood education teachers often experience busy multitasking days. Our days are filled with joy and challenges in the care of others. In our practice exists a delicate balance between solving problems effectively and promoting our self-care. Writing daily pages is a tool educators can utilize for reflective practice. 

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Preparing for Children

Preparing for Children

Each day in the life of an educator is a day of preparation. The day offers us the opportunity to prepare and create environments for children to explore their wonderings. Our actions with children have more impact than any learning environment we create.

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The Value of Not Knowing

The Value of Not Knowing

Children are always learning. Our role as an educator is to create environments, guide social skill acquisition and learn alongside children as they seek to answer the questions they have about life. But we must ask ourselves about when we share knowledge and when support children’s discovery to their own questions.

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