#97 Shine as an Educator – Do You Use Visual Cues With Your Children?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Do you use visual cues with your children?
So many different ways to use them…
Routines
Communication
Supporting children making choices
Visual cues can be an amazing tool,
we as educators are NOT using to support our children with.
If children are not coping then they are NOT coping
and it is our responsibility as educators
to step up and offer a new level of support.
Children deserve to have educators that have the tools,
they need, to support our precious children.
This is a great critical reflection question,
do you have children that would benefit
from being supported with visual cues?
CHALLENGE
Look at your Routines, Communication and Choices
you are expecting your children to make
would they be supported with visual cues?
YOU CAN create visual cues!
I LOVE making resources some I have are…
>> We have pictures up for hand washing,
>> We have a pictorial routine game for morning
that the children place in order,
>> We have picture books of our family to start discussions
Share with us what you currently do?
AND
What could you offer more?
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If you know there are things that could help your children in care
then they are worth investigating!!
Investigate different ways to support the children in your care
We all know how overwhelming it can be to NOT cope!
It is our responsibility as early childhood educators
to step up and take the steps,
take action and help children in your care
that are not coping in whatever way possible.
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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Write It Down!!


“Do I really need to program,
I just put out things for the children to play with and they free play!!”
This is an educators comment to me and this is what I needed to say…
In your head you ARE programming!!
You thought about…
> What the children would be interested in?
> Where you would place the items?
> How many items you placed out?
You also need to think about…
> What do your children need to learn next?
> What is age appropriate and confidence building?
> How can you extend on the children’s interests?
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In your head you ARE programming, you just need to write it down!
Write your program using your professional language,
in a way that becomes a continual cycle.
Create a resource with your programming
that you can come back to and parents can read
what you offered their child.
You are ALMOST doing all the things,
you just need to recognise you are and WRITE IT DOWN!!
But why don’t you write it down?
Is it confidence? Is it questioning? Is it time?
Is it all of these OR none of them?
Have you NOT found a way that works for you?
Beautiful early childhood educators,
you KNOW what you need to know
Throw away the questioning, the perfectionism,
the self doubt and write down what YOU need to write down.
YOUR precious children need an educator that LOVES being an educator
and it’s time to do it in a way that works for YOU!!
Claim the next step and only the next step, one sentence at a time
It is time to make the decision
Right NOW
You are going to write your program down
You are going to write it down AND stay up to date!
Kath
P.S Are you looking for training and support NOW is the time
to claim it and move forward.
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# 96 Shine as an Educator – Is Back to Basics Important For Your Programming?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Is Back to Basics important for your programming?
I definitely believe YES
But some educators are really drawn to complicating it
and doing a little extra, every day,
which is fabulous as long as you have the basics 100%
If we are overwhelmed or not coping then
what can you do to begin to cope again.
I believe going back to basics is a great start.
Are you in the habit or routine of making everything that little bit harder?
Do you have habits or routines that really don’t serve you or the children?
CHALLENGE
Where can you go back to basics?
Where can you peel back some of the complexity of what you are doing
– even if it is only for a week
– peel back some of the extras and
make a conscious choice to make what you do this week a little easier.
So some areas you may like to Critically Reflect on
or discuss with another educator are;
Environment
Programming
Connection to parents
Cleaning
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Don’t try and make your life harder
by overcomplicating what we do as educators!
Being an Educator can be challenging
– of course it can be
– there are Children, Parents, Colleagues, our Family’s to navigate
Parents want their children to be safe,
nurtured and engaged.
Our precious children need educators that
LOVE being educators and that is what I want for you.
Why don’t you try peeling back some layers,
un-complicating what you are doing,
stepping back to basics and feeling how much better it can feel.
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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Links for this Podcast:
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# 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
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