#88 Shine as an Educator – Are You Programming from Genuine Interests?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Are you programming from genuine interests?
So I was asked why an educators children flit from
one experience to another?
She has spent a lot of time creating beautiful experiences for her children
but they still flit around, not engaging well,
how does she move forward from here?
Let’s look at this
If your children are NOT engaging in the experiences you are offering…
There are generally a few things going on…
#1 The children are overwhelmed or board
#2 The experiences are not age appropriate
#3 The children don’t understand how to play
OR What we are focusing on today
# Experiences that support a child’s
genuine interests are not being offered.
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CHALLENGE
Take time to look at each child in your care!!
What specific experiences did you program for them?


Did you program
#1. Experiences that would not overwhelm and not boar YOUR children
#2. Experiences that are age appropriate
#3. Build confidence and opportunities to engage
### Were they based on genuine real interests??
So be sure experiences that you plan are from…
>>Genuine engaging conversations
>>A real interest a child has shown to YOU
>>Age appropriate
Be sure they are NOT from…
>>A fleeting conversation
>>A borrowed interest from another child
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You can see how this can be a slippery down would spiral
If you are basing your program on things that are not quite right
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Take time to make sure your program is on point
Or get your program back on track
Connect with each of your children.
Knowing children’s genuine interests needs
to be a cornerstone to your program
We want to support children in their
growth and need to see children succeeding and achieving.
It’s a super rewarding feeling to have children in our care
succeeding in these ways and that’s what I really want for you
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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#87 Shine as an Educator – Educators Need Curiosity


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
How do you use curiosity to take the pressure off as an educator?
My discussions this week have been with educators that just aren’t coping.
How can you introduce the concept of curiosity to better help you cope.
As educators we want to do more then cope.
We want to love our days, enjoy our days and know what we are offering
the children is valuable and meaningful
but to do that we have to take the pressure off ourselves and
recognise that what we are doing is in who we are.
CHALLENGE
Set at least three intentions around curiosity.
So this could be with your intentional teaching,
your experiences with the children or some changes you want to make
and we discuss routines, structures and A and R.
Curiosity is a mindset tool that I believe will help you as an educator
especially if you are not coping in certain areas around
being an early childhood educator, in your care setting.
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Highly strung, not coping educator will of course create highly strung
NOT coping children.
Such a negative but true statement.
Educators need to put into place ways that support
and take the pressure off us as educators,
while still meeting all the needs of our children, families and community.
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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#86 Shine as an Educator – Are you respectful of other educators choices?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Are you respectful of other educators choices?
And I mean care settings plain and simple!!
Now don’t just say yes and move on >> Do you network with other educator
Do you take time to actually know other educators outside your current view point
What assumptions are you making around other educators that may NOT be right?
CHALLENGE TODAY
There is two parts to this
>>1. Brainstorm other care settings think of all the other childcare setting you know and think about why you haven’t ventured there? Chat to other educators why do they think they have stayed where they are?
>>2. Have a little celebration or love fest for yourself >> Think of all the positive reasons you are in the care setting you are in!!
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Be confident and certain that you have made the right choice for YOU
It’s not about others
It’s not about continually questioning who we are or what we are doing
Draw a line in the sand and BE YOU
Know that YOU are making the right choice for you right NOW…
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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#85 Shine as an Educator – Are You Happy as an Educator?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Are you happy as an Educator?
Do you enjoy spending time with the children
What things do you do each day that make you happy?
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YOUR CHALLENGE TODAY
Take a step back, sit somewhere and enjoy being with the children
We spoke a while ago about cram packing too much into the children’s days AND I challenged myself this week to do an exercise with the children…
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I will challenge you to do it as well


Choose somewhere to sit,
>> How long can you be there?
>> How will your children react?
>> How does it make you feel?
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I realised that I am proud of my children AND proud of how predictable
I am with them… that yes being an educator does make me happy!!
Take a step back and think about this challenge,
what will you learn about yourself from doing it?
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It’s not always about the push,
we are here to encourage the children to be their own people
If we are steering them, forcing them to conform all the time,

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how are they going to know what makes them happy?
The same as if we are putting so much pressure on ourself to keep up
and conform and push, push, push – when is the time to step back and say…
Is this making me happy??

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/SRReflect
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Links for this Podcast:
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