It struck me this week
during my scheme monthly check in
MY program looked bboorriinngg
For about three weeks I have the same things written
over and over again
Why had I offered the same things
> I did change some experiences out
AND the children wanted them back
> I debated on changing others
BUT the children were still engaging with them
> I moved things around
YES the children were still using them
I chatted to my officer
I started justifying
I started questioning
I started sharing what and why I offered what I was offering
AND THEN IT STRUCK ME…
It’s NOT about ME!!
BUT it looks boring
BUT It’s not about YOU!!
I offer my children what they are interested in
What I think they will get value from
I follow up experiences
Added value = learning experiences, where I know they need them
I Add > Change > Move > Mix > Create > an engaged environment the children will LOVE and use…
So why was I feeling so guilty (and I truly think I was)
for creating an environment that was doing EXACTLY
what it was suppose to do??
Step back moment
Critical reflection moment
I was actually feeling guilty for doing my exact job!
NEWS FLASH TIME…
YOUR program doesn’t need to look amazing
YOUR documenting doesn’t need to be flan dangle and flash
It needs to be professional
Sharing IS its job
> Sharing the planned experiences
> Sharing the children’s day
> Connecting with parents
> Sharing a child’s learning journey
> Sharing a clear cycle that is valuable to our children Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
I.F. it is doing this?
It’s doing it!
It is what it is!!
YES our Program is NOT about us…
It’s not about the fluff
It’s not about the fillers
It does not need to be exciting or fresh every day or even week
IF it is engaging the children AND the children are getting value from it
If it is REAL
If it is a cycle that reflects AND supports the children’s growth and journey
Planned around the children
Planned FOR the children
And NOT for US!!
Then it is what it is AND it is NOT about US!!
P.S I was asked last night ‘pen and paper or digital’ for programming
AND truthfully I do both > AND so can YOU
Our programming is what it is > make it work for you… change it up…
If you are ready for a change > change it!!
If you are looking for support to make your program really WORK for you AND the children in your care, it’s time to grab it now
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I have been genuinely surprised by the conversations I have had
With both parents and educators around TMI
When someone you know over shares
Parents, families, friends, colleagues
share just a little TOO much
The awareness and level of what we share with each other
What we share with close friends
Is different to what we share with acquaintances
OR is it?
If these acquaintances BECOME close friends
We will then share with them too
BECOME through trust and growth,
time and understanding…
Think for a moment on this concept for our children
When an educator, parent or loved one
Over shares with our precious children?
Over shares in an innocent way
Pushes just a little more
Encourages just a little too much
Challenges a child past the point of coping
Creating a disconnect
Creating the need for a child to process too much too soon…
How YOU offer experiences to children?
How YOU offer follow ups?
How YOU program and document a child’s journey?
As educators it is unquestionable
We recognise the skills we NEED
We NEED to build our skills around this area
Around BEING an educator
Encouraging each child as unique
Precious beings that ARE relying on us to know our stuff…
We need to recognise => Understand => Be strong advocates
How much is TOO MUCH
What awareness, thought and consistency do YOU put into TMI
As educators we NEED TO KNOW the development of children
We NEED to focus on it
We NEED to understand it
And if it is not our forte? we NEED to build skills around this area!
We have been focusing on follow ups
What’s next => What’s next => What’s next?
Looking at development areas
Looking at what we see, as children develop
Looking at the EYLF outcomes and language
AND how this all works together
As educators we know it all works together Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
It is OUR commitment => OUR responsibility => OUR JOB
To stop the overwhelm
To stop the disconnect
To stop children being encouraged or forced to process too much too soon…
I see it as a part of WHO I AM as an educator
An educators who WILL…
Reflect on my own practice
Have the hard conversations when they’re needed
Recognise the position of influence I have with my children AND family’s around me
Is this YOU?
FIND the balance => Is there a balance?
An important balance for each of us => As individuals
It’s not always about pushing for more
It can be about tiny steps that are JUST RIGHT
What is the next step for YOU?
What is the next step for YOUR precious children?
P.S When you fully get that you are the difference in a child’s life => you will know you need to shine as an educator…
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Whether you are thinking of joining us for our next course or not
The Joy of Follow ups => What’s next?
Let me share a little PRE WORK with you…
Do you randomly pick follow ups out of thin air?
Do you struggle with what you are meant to be looking for?
Why oh why are follow ups even important?
Our precious children are unique
Each ARE individuals
Individual in their interests
Individuals in the way they learn
Individuals in how they move forward with their learning
As early childhood educators
We recognise that children ARE individuals and we need to support, engage and encourage them as the amazing young people they are…
>> YOUR EXERCISE TODAY << Think about ONE child in your care 1.. When was the last time you offered an individual follow up experience for this child? 2.. Are you confident YOU know their current interests? 3.. Are you confident YOU know a skill that needs encouraging? 4.. Plan an experience that offers this skill => and includes their current interests?
=> This is a basic follow up
=> This is how we can guide and build our children’s confidence
… Step by step by step
Key one => Know your children
Key two => Understand their development
Key three => Offer next level skills in a way that children are interested and will want to engage in
Share your answers
What does this bring up for you?
P.S Watch for tomorrows Pre work Exercise or Jump into the EYPMastermind and get ready to build your knowledge around follow ups = Confidence and Certainty around what’s next!
Questioning your program, takes time
Struggling with what’s next, takes time
Umming and Arring is this right, takes time
Give me half hour of your time once a week and you will find yourself building confidence, building certainty and claiming back your time every day!!
Is it worth it => YES IT IS
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P.P.S You can find the 2nd PRE WORK HERE
Oh My Goodness
EVERY single thing YOU do CAN BE FUN
Can be real, can be better in some way
Challenge yourself as an Educator
Challenge yourself as an Early Childhood Educator
How can you find the FUN in everything YOU do WITH the children?
I CAN’T stand it – the whinging – the whining – the negativity from educators
IF YOU need to have a whinge
Do it in a way that will move you forward
Do it with the aim to find a SOLUTION
A solution YOU can use
A solution that will help YOUR children
A solution that will see a better day for YOU and your precious children
PLEASE don’t whinge and whine without a goal
Without an aim
Without a purpose
Without the dedication of trying all the suggestions thrown at YOU
Yes ASK for help
Yes whinge and whine occasionally
Listen for the help
Listen for the understanding that comes
Listen for the experiences that will be shared with you
TAKE them and USE them… Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
Do NOT put them in the too hard basket
Do NOT save them for another day
Do NOT continue to whinge and whine without an aim to grasp onto help, move forward with determination and make it work
Why oh Why ?
As grown, amazing, professional educators
AND Yes I wanted to say women
But we have amazing men too
Why oh Why
Do educators continue to whinge and whine
Without the determination to draw a line in the sand
make a change
Claim the help that is offered to YOU
NOW!! YES Right NOW!!
P.S What advise have you been given lately that YOU needed to listen to?
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