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?
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,
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.
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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,
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!
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YOU are an educator
You know your worth, your truth, your passion
BUT sometimes life get’s in the way
YOU are human
the same as the rest of us
YOU are caring, loving, supporting others
YOU are who you need to be
and right NOW
YOU need to look after yourself
AND THAT’S OK…
Why as women do we feel the need to apologies
when we can’t keep up
When crazy things happen in our lives
and we still feel the need to apologies
When we need to care for those closest and dearest to us
and we still apologies
Life does NOT get in the way
It reminds us what’s important
It gives us that nudge to be grateful for the good times
It gives us the HUGE reminder that sometimes things just do not go right
BUT even when they don’t go right
and YOU need a little time
NOTHING will change
YOU are still loved
YOU are still caring, loving, supportive
YOUR inner strength, values and passion
ARE all still there
AND they will shine through when YOU are ready
Take the time YOU need
Refill your own cup first with NO apology needed Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators
Early Childhood Educators give so much every day
YES every day
Supporting, guiding, loving our precious children
Our families and our community
Are YOU apologising when it is just not needed ?
Are you apologising where YOU just don’t need to ?
Claim your worth
RIGHT NOW >> ENOUGH IS ENOUGH >> BE YOU !
Refill your own cup first >> with no apology needed !!
Feel and own your strengths as an educator
Feel the support of educators that have been where you are,
are where you are,
know the struggles but also the triumphs
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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!!
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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?
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