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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Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting

Children when excited about the work they are doing are more verbal, and socializing is a big part of the work itself. This expression enhances the experience for the group and leads to further exploration and social connection.

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Children Come First

Children Come First

Looking closer at the philosophies of different schools, there are guiding lights in the practice of these programs that stand out as lighthouses for all people who work in early childhood education.

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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Three

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Three

When we enter into learning as co-learners, we construct our practices together. Our dialogue with all members of the learning community involves diverse perspectives that help to shape our ideas of children.

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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

When we adopt the stance as co-learners, we acknowledge our responsibilities to scaffold and support the specific ideas and theories that children bring forward into our classroom, programs, and our lives.

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Drawing Transformers

Drawing Transformers

Observing children and documenting as they are creating and expressing ideas, is an opportunity for educators to discover insights into the thinking process, skill development, and the learning journey of a child.

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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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Drawing With Numbers

Drawing With Numbers

Introducing children to new ways of thinking and experimenting with known objects invites exploration of other known materials in the future. By opening up the possibilities of number we open the possibilities of all things.

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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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Actions to Inspire Curiosity

Actions to Inspire Curiosity

All children are naturally curious - they are born that way. Children are always seeking to discover how the world works. As educators, we don't need to make children curious or push children to learn, they will seek out these activities on their own if we give them the time, materials, and opportunities to explore on their environments and make their own discoveries

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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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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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A Community of Pedagogy

A Community of Pedagogy

Many different early childhood pedagogies are in practice today. Some like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Inspired experience more mainstream attention. Others include Lifeways, High Scope and Bank Street. These pedagogies feature one common goal they desire the best for children and function to educate children who are developing in life.

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Provocations and Environments in Storytelling

Provocations and Environments in Storytelling

Provocations are at the heart of storytelling. Recently while preparing to teach a class, I reflected on the role of provocations in environments. I was remembering a specific incident about how dramatic play engaged children in our program.

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