Devastating or Motivating


I have NEVER EVER questioned my passion for working with Educators
more than the last few weeks…
You see…
I LOVE working with early childhood educators
I LOVE knowing an educators potential,
even before they believe it themselves
The support, growth and motivation of an educator,
to see with wide open eyes,
the difference that EVERY educator can make in the life of a child,
is certainly part of my motivation
BUT
The last few weeks I have been genuinely shocked,
saddened, outraged and truthfully devastated
by some of the statements coming from peoples mouths
You need to know I am a passionately, positive person
Promise not to laugh – let me share a personal secret –
a beautiful friend teases me saying I am the rainbow unicorn lady…haha
Yes a bit of a play on words as I love horses
and working with children with horses too,
it did make me smile and giggle and then laugh out loud,
I am sure it will be the new running joke for a while,
but I ALWAYS look at where to next in the most positive light possible
I LOVE positivity
I LOVE the possibilities
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Sometimes that positivity is seen as outrageous,
wildly optimistic or even frustratingly unrealistic…
But this is me => I use my positivity to motivate,
to drive change,
to share the possibilities to lift others up
where some may be tempted to give up
Part of what motivates me is also knowing
there is always a new challenge around the corner
a new way to help and share with others
So WHY have I been questioning??
AND I have been
I have cut back my live streams,
trainings, podcasts, and blogs, today as I journaled
I realised for the first time it is out of sheer frustration
FRUSTRATION at the most ridiculous things I have heard
Statements that have been going around and around in my head!!
MAYBE I just need a good RANT to share them
and have others agree what ludicrous things are being said
BUT this is ME and I always look to the positivity
SO what good can come from me sharing some outrageous statements
WELL
There is always 2 ways (or more) to look at EVERYTHING
YES I now realise
I need to share some of these statements
AND move them from frustrating, devastating and outraging me
to MOTIVATING US as educators to…
=> Do BETTER
=> Critical Reflect
=> Self Regulate
=> Speak Out
=> Journal a little AND choose to turn outrageous things
that others say regarding passionate early childhood educators
into motivation TO KEEP BEING THE BEST EDUCATOR YOU CAN BE!!
And with things being said like…
+ Educators are baby sitters and don’t need training
+ Early Childhood Educators don’t really need numeracy and literacy skills
+ Additional needs children are in the too hard basket
+ We can’t comfort children there isn’t enough time
+ I need to do what is best for everyone not the individual child
+ We don’t have enough staff to go outside with the children
+ Programming is a waste of my time
+ I know it’s not right but I can get away with it
These statements are infuriating, saddening and simply outrageous
Where is… the empathy, understanding and compassion?
Where is… the commitment to being the best educator you can be?
Where is… the duty of care and dedication to each child in your care?
They are REAL conversations I have had with educators 🙁
AND
Now is the time to say enough is enough
WE NEED to choose
TO SHOUT this is NOT ok
To use these statements to make change
As MOTIVATION as learning and teaching points,
NO I won’t let this go
AND
Yes YOU will continue to see me SUPPORT and CHALLENGE YOU
BECAUSE this is what I DO !!
Remember to shine
Kath
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#100 Shine As An Educator – My Truth!


Super excited to share this 100 Episode with you.
We have almost 20k downloads
so it would be awesome to get there with this podcast
so if you have a work colleague or friend that needs to hear this
be sure to share it with them.
Sharing the Shine as an Educator podcast keeps me
> Reflecting
> Motivated
> Invited thought provoking and heart wrenching discussion
> Problem solving in a positive, enriching way
> Connection – the connections that I have with a lot of you
– I truly treasure and know I am a better educator because of.
I need to share why,
why I know Early Childhood Educators can change lives.
Many of you will know a very surface version of my story,
where I have shared
I was a young Mum in a small town using a FDC Educator,
when she decided to leave
and there was literally no where for her clients to go…
you need to listen to the podcast to get the deeper story!
Early Childhood Educators
> Can make the difference between some children
having the connection they need or not
> The sleep they need
> The understanding
AND with parents
> The kind word you say to a parent as they leave
may be the only kind word they get all day
> The chit chat at the end of the day
may be the only chit chat a parent gets
to have about their child to anyone
So I ask you after listening to my story
and all my babble over the last 100 episodes
> what sort of educator are you?
> what sort of educator do you know you can be?
> what impact are you having on those around you?
CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Are you being the shining light that is needed,
for yourself AND those around you…
Some things to think about
?Connection
?Self Care
?Motivation
I was deeply saddened this week
by a post that said they hated being an educator => REALLY 🙁
Educators aren’t recognising how important they are…
> Prioritising Self Care
> Taking steps to NOT be as isolated,
no matter the care setting
> Recognising your uniqueness
=> all educators have a unique skill set,
a passion that they can share
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
CHALLENGE
This week, make a list of ALL the things YOU LOVE
about being an educator…
It’s time to LOVE being an educator again!
This will be a unique list to you => for you => about YOU!!
TOP TIP
Take a deep breath and recognise yourself as the unique,
amazing educator that you are working on becoming.
We are all on a journey, yes we really are!
We grow – develop – and change as educators
I am NOT the same educator I was almost 25 years ago
I’m just not
I have changed my views on things
I have learned things with training and time
I use to have a focus around doing things ONCE and RIGHT,
there was a right way and a wrong way to do everything
I was young and felt the pressure of being judged
Now I understand more about knowing myself,
doing what feels right and to hell with anyone
that wants to judge or pressure me
into doing things a certain way or that doesn’t feel right.
Yes I play by the rules
But I also give myself enough credit to know what feels right
Do what works for you…
Give yourself enough credit to know YOU are changing lives!!
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:
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#99 Shine as an Educator – National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Are we equipping our children to have brave conversations?
We need to encourage, guide and support
the development an understanding of…
>> What is kindness?
>> What is empathy?
>> What language is acceptable around others?
Our children need us to role model for them
=> BUT they also need more then this,
they need us to stand up for them,
to be the educators they need us to be!!
CHALLENGE
Have the conversation…
The children in your care need to know
you will be there for them if needed!!
Look for and jump in
when opportunities present themselves for teaching.
There are some amazing resources
that can be used in an early childhood setting >
Have You Filled A Bucket Today?
: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud.
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
TOPTIP
Be Aware
Be aware how you are communicating with others
Be aware how you are encouraging your children
to communicate with others…
There is a high percentage of Bullies
that don’t even realise they are bullies,
this is true with children and adults.
When you understand this statistic,
the culture around bullying,
the layer of understanding around what is ok and what is NOT,
you are more equipped both from a adult and child perspective
to change outcomes around bullying.
Michelle also speaks about understanding respect,
about speaking up and taking action,
about making sure we are equipped to have difficult conversations
or we find the help that we need to have them.
And focus on equipping our precious children
with the skills they need
to have those difficult conversations as well.
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

#98 Shine as an Educator – Does Your Communication with Children Build Confidence?

 


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Does your communication with Children build confidence?
The way we speak to those around us, adults, educators or children,
we need it to NOT be controlling, confining or rude.
We want it to be positive!!
Adults can get into a habit of making statements
such as be careful, slow down, watch what you are doing,
these statements are NOT helpful and are too general to build confidence.
This week I will be really thinking about
how I speak with the children.
Is how I speak to the children positive,
is it extending their understanding,
is it helping rather than being controlling or negative?
We need to encourage the children to speak kindly to each other as well.
This is a beautiful article from Josee at Backwoods Mama
https://www.backwoodsmama.com/…/stop-te…
Are you creating a level of anxiety and fear
by the way you speak to your children?
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
CHALLENGE
Stop, Breathe and Reflect…
Is what you are about to say helpful,
confidence building and positive to the challenge
at hand with your children?
Josee shares with us some lovely alternatives to share with the children
to encourage them to think or to take different actions.
“Every time you want to say “Be Careful!”
see it as an opportunity to help your child foster greater awareness
of their environment and their bodies. Try saying:
> Notice how… these rocks are slippery,
the log is rotten, that branch is strong.” Josee
It is our responsibility to use positive language with our children
and Josee has some wonderful statements for you to use.
TOP TIP
When things trigger you, or upset you,
or make you feel icky and not nice, work out why!!
Why did this experience feel so icky for me?
Is this something you can use
and reflect on with your work with the children.
How can I use this to reflect on my actions…
or our actions with the children…
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