Being Thankful

Being Thankful

In this time of celebration and gathering of friends and family, it is also time to be thankful and reflect on our other family, our learning community. This is a short story about our role as an educator and how we have so much to be thankful for. 

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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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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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The Reflection in the Mirror

The Reflection in the Mirror

As childcare educators we want to do our best work, providing great experiences for the children to grow and learn. The profession can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. We are given a great responsibility for others, but how do we take care of ourselves? I think one way to nurture our growing self, and to blossom in our work is through reflective practice.

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Nurturing as a Skill Set of Professionalism

Nurturing as a Skill Set of Professionalism

I recently read that our field will never professionalize until we view nurturing as a skill set rather that an attribute or a female characteristic. As I thought on the writings from the book Reframing the Emotional Worlds of the Early Childhood Classroom, I realized that this concept---that early childhood education is seen as middle class mothering---was based on assumptions about who and how we nurture in society.

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