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3 Tips for The Child Who Doesn't Want to Share

pedagogy play sharing Jun 23, 2020

She found the terracotta pipes and began to build. Lining them up, end to end, it was clear that she had a very specific vision for her play/creation. She worked on her own for a long time, testing ideas and theories. Suddenly, another child arrived and started to touch the pipes....

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Does wearing a uniform equate to being a professional?

professionalism Jun 05, 2020

When I was a new educator, over seventeen years ago, I was given my first uniform shirt. It was pale blue and button-up, with a logo on one side of the chest. To be honest, it looked like the shirts the boys had worn at my primary school. It was uncomfortable too. The buttons gaped and the shirt...

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Where do we begin to make change?

During this past week, images of violence have haunted me. Media coverage of the protests throughout the United States of America has pushed me to tears on more than one occasion. The raw emotion, anger, heartbreak and frustration on the faces of people who are begging, pleading and fighting for...

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3 Questions to Stop Asking A Child Engaged in Play.

I have written and spoken about the concept of Interaction vs Interference before and while many educators agree in theory, putting it into practice can be a little tougher. We tend to get caught up in our need to know what is happening, our desire to document learning or even our need to make...

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How to motivate your co-workers

Unfortunately, I would say we've all been there. You might be there right now - which is probably why you are reading this post! Perhaps you are on your lunch break, dreading returning to the room because your colleague doesn't seem to really give a damn about the work that they are...

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How to respond to an "irate" parent.

There was fire in her eyes and I swear smoke was coming out of her ears. She threw the child's wet clothes on my desk and demanded to know why they had been playing in the mud before pickup.

Was I caught off guard? Yep. 

Did I have that sick, uneasy feeling in my stomach? Yep. 

Was I...

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5 Tips for Practicing Gratitude with Children in the Face of COVID-19

Each morning when I wake up, I feel like I have a few blissful moments before I remember the current state of the world. A wave of what I can only describe as a combination of dread, uncertainty, disappointment, and sadness washes over me as I remember that we are essentially in lockdown.

 

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3 Simple Mindfulness Strategies for Team Meetings

When I first became a nominated supervisor at twenty-one, I had absolutely no idea how to lead a team meeting. How could I? I’d been thrown in the deep end quite suddenly and could really only draw from the experience I’d had on the other side of the meeting. I tried my best to make...

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Knowing VS Growing: How Vulnerability can Evolve our Practice as Educators

pedagogy professionalism Apr 22, 2020

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know betterdo better.” —Maya Angelou

Have you ever found yourself in an early childhood Facebook group? Perhaps you have a group that you love, one where those involved are inspiring, reflective...

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6 Ways to Overcome the Screen Time "Battle" during Covid-19 (hint... let it go!)

I've always been an advocate for play.

Normally, I'd rather send my three children into the backyard at seven in the morning with a silent prayer that the neighbours won't complain than to put the TV on.

Normally, when the inevitable "what can we do?" arises, my suggestions are always a long list...

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