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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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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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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Engaging in Self Compassion

Engaging in Self Compassion

Each year I promise myself that winter will be my quiet season – a time for rest and reflection and to revisit my thoughts. As we start March, I realize that another winter season has passed by and my plans for renewal were buried once again under a to-do list that is without end.

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The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

I want to propose a new type of celebration during Valentine’s Day. To start off the new year and move toward Spring renewal I want to suggest in addition to all of the cards, candy, and flowers we as a people use Valentine’s Day to celebrate us, as in humanity.

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Our Beliefs About Education

Our Beliefs About Education

A part of looking forward or looking back at the past year involves looking at our practice. Our beliefs as an educator influence the way we function in the classroom. Our practice, the ideas and philosophies educators hold dear represent the backbone of our actions when working with children.

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Thank You to all my Teachers

Thank You to all my Teachers

Tuesday May 3, 2016 was National Teacher Appreciation Day. It is a day to say thank you for all of the caring work teachers do for children. According to the National Education Association the idea was proposed in 1944. Then in 1953 Eleanor Roosevelt convinced congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. The original celebration was in March. Now the celebration is the first Tuesday of the first full week in May. President Obama declared the entire week National Teacher Appreciation Week

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