The Sunflower

The Sunflower

This learning story is about a sunflower, three children, and how an educator engaged in the learning journey. The experience is filled with insight for our practice and challenges us to look how our practice evolves over time.

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A Learning Story - Transparent Feelings

A Learning Story - Transparent Feelings

A learning story about my observation of children working on discovering images of self through materials. How this observation informs our practice and how offering a variety of materials inspires children to engage deeply with provocations.

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The Apple Bed

The Apple Bed

Part of my practice as an educator is moving throughout the learning space and engaging in conversation with different children. During these interactions, I am looking for an opportunity to observe a child or a group of children, as they work on an exploration that invites further investigation.

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Ice Castle

Ice Castle

Children use pre-made and created props as a backdrop to their imaginative play. These props add depth to the story they are creating and give children motivation to continue developing their characters and the adventure.

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Two Materials and a Mirror

Two Materials and a Mirror

At the beginning of this provocation, I wondered how the children would approach the work. They started off slowly, but through experimentation and supporting each other, new discoveries were made about how materials can be used in ways different from what we think they are capable of.

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Observation and Children's Actions

Observation and Children's Actions

Children’s actions appear simple but in reality are very complex, because children experience many variables in their daily walk of life, making decisions how they are going to respond to these experiences.

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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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The Gift of the Educator

The Gift of the Educator

A gift we can receive everyday is that educators experience the special moments in life, if we just take a look. Think about it, we encounter children as they make discoveries, learn new things, experience awe and grow right before our own eyes

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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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