# 95 Shine As An Educator – How Are You Breaking Down Your Programming?


CRITICAL REFECTION QUESTION
How are you breaking down your programming?
Do you break your programming down when you need to move forward?
How do you start?
How do you improve what you do?
How do you save time?
What do your children need from you right now, in care?
By breaking your programming down,
looking at each of the parts of your programming
you will be able to work out where to start.
One part will feel more difficult,
One part will be slower then the rest,
this is where to focus on so that you can start to improve,
feel more confident and move forward on your journey as an educator.
Are you finding your programming easy
but struggling with all the Extras?
What systems do you have in place – that works – and here is the key!
You need to know the way that will work for you.
CHALLENGE
Look at where you are at…
Look at where the other educators around you are at.
Go through each of the parts of your programming,
go through your systems,
look at the children,
look at the bigger picture.
Now is the time to work at ONE part!
Choose what you need to work on so that your programming
and educating journey will come with ease and flow.
How can you create ease and flow as you go
through your journey of being an educator?
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Be kind to yourself
Recognise where you are on your journey,
as a FDC or centre based educator.
Recognise that there are many parts to programming
AND to being an early childhood educator.
Work through it in parts so it’s not overwhelming.
Being an educator is a challenge and needs to be recognised as one,
there is so much to focus on and learn,
to say there is not is selling ourselves short.
Break your programming down or anything you are stagily with or want
to improve and work on one part at a time.
I have been an early childhood educator for 23 years
and everything has changed so much.
We need to continue to grow,
develop and evolve as educators
if we are going to give our precious children what they need as well.
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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Programming Is Hard


A beautiful educator said to me… “I just find programming hard!”
She was struggling
Had a total wall up
Not moving forward, just stuck
Why do so many educators, and I hear it,
sometimes as a whine but often as a statement,
YOU may say it too, beautiful educators saying programming is hard?
Hard?
The word is a massive road block
AND if you are using it
IT’S TIME TO STOP
Once something is deemed hard,
the motivation to improve,
the desire to make something easy is… well… seen as too hard!
What makes educators put up the road block
Declare something hard
Do YOU declare your programming HARD?
How can we move forward from this place
If you are feeling that pull… that niggle inside of you that it’s time,
it’s time this programming thing that you deemed
as hard NEEDS to become easy then let me share
Share with you the discussion I had with a beautiful educator
when she deemed her programming; JUST TOO HARD!
Let’s break it down
Let’s work through this


Programming needs to be a cycle,
a true clear cycle with sections,
that become habits and habits become easy
From HARD to EASY that is the aim – but back to the cycle
>> Is it knowing where to start? Plan your experiences.
Experiences need to come from somewhere,
why are you offering what you are offering,
what will you offer your precious children and
how are the children getting value?
>> Then it’s time to take action… Be present with the children,
offer the experience take note of what the children actually do,
learn and love about the experience.
How can you offer the children more or
make this experience richer right now?
>> Document, whether you take notes, pictures,
focused programming,
write something using your professional language,
(the language of the EYLF).
Now is the time to write what actually happened. Short! Sharp! No waffle!
>> Evaluate… or choose what next/the follow up,
now is the time to think,
can you offer this again,
what could you offer differently,
what other experiences would benefit your children?
And around we go again
This is the absolute bare basics, you know it, you do it every day
But back to my educator discussion,
when we looked through each of these four bare basics steps and
what she was doing it all looked fine.
From the outside it all looked fine.
BUT it was taking her FOREVER to do…
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So it was NOT fine!
Let’s dig a little deeper, where were the road blocks?
She has a great knowledge of what age appropriate experiences are,
loves offering experiences and
spending time with the children creating valuable,
meaningful experiences.
Her documenting is full of professional language and
links well to the EYLF.
Really actually a lot of linking.
She was writing a lot, there is no need to write so much,
but that still wasn’t it.
She was also adding two followups to her observations AND here it was!!
She was spending time documenting, thinking of follow ups
BUT not using them.
AND at the end of the day it wasn’t just one thing,
it all adds up that wasted time that could be claimed back
My advice to her…
>> Write less – be more precise!
>> Use the language of the EYLF and
STOP linking 5 outcomes to each experience, choose two!
>> Use your follow up ideas and planning with your children,
don’t reinvent the wheel every week!
Three clear ways she can improve her programming TODAY and
claim back her time every day
What would my advice be to YOU?
I bet you already know…
You know where you can improve, where you can make it easier,
YOU really do know your next step, your ACTION to take!
It’s time to move from hard to easy
At least take ONE thing from what you have just read and implement it,
use it to make a change, to move forward
I ask myself quietly, critically reflect in my mind, every day, is this enough,
is it too much, am I creating a true cycle?
Re assure myself that YES I am confident
I am meeting the needs of my children,
the Regs and of my scheme.
Confidence brings ease, does it make it easy – maybe it helps
For me and ALL of us programming on a daily basis,
it needs to be questioned BUT it needs to flow in a true cycle with ease.
I want YOU to program with ease
That’s what I want for us as educators,
as early childhood educators that make a difference to the lives
of our precious children every day!
Remember
Shine as an Educator
Kath
P.S.
If you’re an early childhood educator experiencing
the challenge of NOT knowing
where to start with your programming,
then Practical Programming for TODAY will get you real actual steps
that will help you today AND keep you motivated tomorrow.”
Practical Programming for TODAY,
is designed to help educators like you save time,
actual real steps that you may be missing and
a kick of motivation within only 1 hour of training.
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# 94 Shine As An Educator – How Are You Planning Your Year To Be Delightful?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
How are you planning your year to be delightful?
How are you creating an atmosphere around yourself
that is positive and that you LOVE to be in?
YOUR CHALLENGE
Think about and focus on
How are you keeping your environment positive?
> Who do you have in your environment
that you can bounce fantastic ideas off…
Do you have a positive, supportive network
that you are surrounding yourself with
> What language – both physical and verbal language are you sharing?
How can you make it more positive…
Do you have a smile on your face when you come to work with the children?
> Think about your mindset,
think about your attitude that you are sharing with others…
Are you the downer that every one wishes would go away
or are you the sparkle that uplifts a room and
all the children within your space?
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Take 3 days off and spend it with incredible people hehe…
Find a way to bring some Joy, Sparkle,
Positivity into your week
=> It’s the start of a new year,
if you can’t do it now when will you do it??
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
P.S Be sure to download the Reflective Practice Printable
and share this podcast with an educator that needs it http://bit.ly/SR-Reflect
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Links for this Podcast:
simplereflect.com.au
shineasaneducator.com

What Does It Mean to Shine??


What does it mean to YOU?
I’ve been flat this week
Struggling to find the energy
It’s the end of the year and I am ready for a break
For some time – time for my son, my husband, time for me
But I say to myself
I say to YOU
We still need to shine
We NEED to SHINE!!
What makes YOU the educator you are today?
Why do I say to educators
“Remember to Shine”?
“Shine as an Educator”!!
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YOU have precious children
that NEED what YOU have to give…
Support them
Nurture them
Engage them
Snuggle and comfort them
Challenge them
Guide them
Let them know – our precious children –
that YOU are a trustworthy person
A beautiful early childhood educator that
WANTS to spend time, earning children’s trust…
WE need to earn children’s trust &
WE need to hold a safe space for them EVERY time they are with us!
I am an Early Childhood Educators and this is my commitment!!
Be the shining – stable – predictable – wonderful EDUCATOR
The one the children know – trust – NEED
When everything is crazy at this time of year
STRESSED
RUSHED
TIRED
BE the educator with a smile
BE the educator with the laugh
BE the educator with the compassion – love – caring – joy
I beg you to be the educator the children desperately need you to be…
What does it mean – TO YOU – to shine?
Share how you are shining?
Kath
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P.S How are you refilling your cup over the Christmas break?
so you don’t burn out,
so you have the motivation
so you will LOVE being with the children in 2018…
Programming, Critical Reflection, connection to children and family’s we talk about it all in the Shine as an Educator group and you are invited to join 🙂
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