The Possibilities of Our Practice

The Possibilities of Our Practice

In early education we often talk about the children’s learning journey, but what is the journey of learning for educators? How do we incorporate the educational concepts and philosophies we find appealing into our program and still remain authentic to the school and culture we live in? 

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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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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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Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Here are the concepts that I have continually practiced during my career with school age children. These practices have worked wonderfully, supported the children, their education, the parents, and the entire learning community.

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Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice

This is a story about reflective practice and how engaging in this activity can help educators open possibilities into their work with children. Reflective practice supports the educator in processing the numerous experiences that occur during a typical day, providing insight to our wonderings.

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The Gathering

The Gathering

The gathering is a conversation amongst the learning community that is filled with possibilities for the work in the classroom. What makes a good gathering? What are the elements that make the gathering an experience that builds the learning community?

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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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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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Taking Flight

Taking Flight

Paper planes are a classic activity for children. We have come along way in plane design from the classic dart to the modern craft of today. What has not changed is the connection the children create around an activity the love.

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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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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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