#76 Shine as an Educator – Connecting with Families


CRITICAL REFLECTION
Do you priorities connecting with family’s?
CHALLENGE
Look at three ways you can connect with family’s…
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TOP TIP…
You are unique
You need to connect with parents that work for you AND them.
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Practice Resource: http://bit.ly/SRReflect

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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#75 Shine as an Educator – Reflective Practice


Reflective Practice Let’s Go!!
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REFLECTIVE PRACTICE LET’S GO:
CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION – Have you engaged with the children this week for Naidoc week in a way that was meaningful, thought provoking and valuable in an age appropriate way?
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CHALLENGE – What changes would you make or offering you would improve on, as an ongoing
practice?
TOP TIP – Research and communicate with other educators and the community well, this years theme was ‘Our Languages Matter”

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Kath


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#74 Shine as an Educator – Regional Conference, WHY – JUST – WHY?

Early Childhood Educators


So after an amazing regional conference last weekend I wanted to share some of my
takeaways with you.
I have shared a few – some memes – but wanted to give you some food for thought too.
As I have started to go over my notes a thought just sort of bubbled up…
Even though all three speakers shared diverse topics,
Documenting, Risky Play and Valuable Spaces
In thought provoking or as they put it, in a thought disrupting way
I realised one thing kept coming up
WHY – JUST – WHY?

Your Critical Reflection question for today is


How often do you stop and look at the why??
This has come up – for me – over and over again
Do you spend time contemplating your why?
Why are YOU an educator?
Why are YOU choosing your care setting?
Why are YOU programming this week?
Why are YOU offering experiences this way?
How often do you critically reflect on YOUR WHY?
Questioning our habits
Questioning our practices
Questioning our influence on the lives of the children,
families and community around us
MY WHY is around choice
I CHOOSE to be an early childhood educator
I CHOOSE to be a FDC educator
I CHOOSE to offer the children experiences
that will engage, challenge and support their growth…
BUT WHY??
I have PASSION and can see the need
The NEED for small group care
The NEED for supporting families at the level I CAN
The NEED to offer care MY WAY…
It’s about offering a service
It’s about knowing what I do well
It’s about recognising I make a difference
DO YOU?
WHAT”S YOUR WHY??

Now your Challenge


Take time out this week to google 3 amazing speakers.
Your 1st is – Phil Butler,
He spoke to us over the weekend about documenting,
not what we think we ‘should be documenting’ but what the actual learning of the
children IS!! If we want to engage parents, share with them what they don’t already
know about their child.
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Then looking at all the limits we as educators put on ourselves by not understanding the
difference between what the regulations actually say and what we think they say!!
His quote for the day was – We are not playing the match the outcome game, we are
professionals move past the matching game.
Your 2nd is Louise Dorrat,
An amazing speaker, with wit and humour at a level not usually seen in a speaker. She
shared her journey in a bush kinder and made me very aware that the experiences her
children were gaining are ones I would desperately love for my own, Earthy, natural and
free!! She shared the phrase It’s not about eliminating risk it’s about managing it!!
Trusting the children to understand the rules, rules they help make and guide each other
with. Building a level of self regulation and understanding of consequences also rarely
seen.
Your 3rd is Wendy Shepherd,
Quiet and a little more proper in her mannerism but insightful and giving with her
spaces.
Encouraging educators to think of making things beautiful, that the children deserve
spaces that are not just practical but also inviting and non prison like… Yes they do,
they really do!!
With a little thought our spaces can be practical, inviting and beautiful and she shared
many ideas that are simple but beautiful. And her quote was – Life is a series of
transitions for children. Which I truly think about every day.

Top Tip Time


Never underestimate the effect a great training can have on your outlook as an
educator.
It is super important to find YES the support you need as an educator, but also
the inspiration. Why do we do what we do??
Why do we keep going when things are tough?
How can YOU change something you do
– to make your documentation more meaningful and worthwhile?
– to make your environment more challenging and creative?
– to make your spaces more inviting and beautiful while still being practical.
I LOVE to reflect to ask why to challenge my thinking and yours…
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing two new courses on programming, but if you
would like support as an early childhood educator you are welcome to join us in the
EYPMastermind and I will leave the link here in the notes
http://bit.ly/EYPMnow
Let’s question, let’s challenge our current thoughts, beliefs and our why’s

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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#73 Shine as an Educator – going through the motions??

Early Childhood Educators


So what do you need to hear from me today?
I have been asking this of myself all day… So heres a super quick one.
I try and offer you motivation, thought provoking stories, hints and tips on
programming, what works for me in my business and what I enjoy offering
to the children. To name a few…
I have so many topics to share with you, just so you know the question I ask every
podcast is
What do you need to hear from me today?
And todays message came to me in a super clear way when I saw a meme that read –
Are you living or existing?
And the first thing I thought was…
Are you really being an educator or just going through the motions??

Your Critical Reflection Question today is


Are you Loving being an educator or are you just going through the motions??
What do I mean by loving?
I mean are you enthused about your coming day,
Do you feel excited and energised by what you have planned for the children?
Are you trying to make each day more enjoyable than the last?
There are many ways to describe our days, do you describe them as positive,
uplifting and joyous?
So a little food for thought – and remember I do specialise in programming and critical
reflections SO ARE YOU
– Documenting the children’s learning BUT missing the real wow moments
– Planning the week without focusing on what the children – and you – could really do if
you stepped it up a notch
– Setting up outside play, but not focusing on the next level of fun
Is what you do ENOUGH without going that extra – passionate, fun, LOVING step!!
Are you Loving being an educator or are you just going through the motions??

Your Challenge


This week choose one area you can step it UP a notch
I spoke last week about how there has been experiences over the years that I really loved
creating with the children and had clean forgot about.
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For absolutely no reason other then I forgot.
Spend time brain storming with fellow Early Childhood Educators – Is there something
that you can offer the children this week that is something a little different, the children
will love AND learn from, something a step up from what you normally offer.
Going through the motions is a very easy trap to fall into, especially if the children
are happy playing with what you offer, you have a clear programming routine and
everything is rolling along with no fuss or real challenge.
BUT is it enough??
I don’t believe so!!
I want our children to have the best we can offer them.
The best learning opportunity’s
The best positive connections with their educators
The best environments we can offer
And what does the BEST mean?
It means WE keep challenging ourselves as educators
Keep learning
Keep improving each day
Improving step be step
– the learning opportunity’s we offer the children
– our engagement and positive attitudes
– the environments we create for our precious children
EVERY step counts

Top Tip Time


Look over your old programming – see how YOU have changed as an educator.
12 months ago, were you offering the same experiences, challenging the children
differently or can you see you had a brighter spark?
When was the last time you took a serious look into your programming from some time
ago? Is it something you do regularly? We really do change as educators and it is
fascinating to chat with educators after they have analysed their programming from
previous years.
Get to know yourself as an evolving early childhood educators. I would love to know how
you have changed? Come and share with us in the face book group and I will leave the
link HERE in the notes
Are you Loving being an educator or are you just going through the motions??

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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