#91 Shine as an Educator – How Are You Connecting With Your Community?

 


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
How are you connecting with your community?
Are you doing enough?
CHALLENGE
Choose 3 ways to increase your children’s connection to their community…
Some Easy suggestions
>> 1 Take Photos of local landmarks/ buildings to hang up
when you offer blocks
(Half a minute on your way to work OR on your way to shopping next)
>> 2 Create story stones with the local schools on them
(Are you curious to see what the children will do with them?)
>> 3 Take photos of parents at drop off, print them twice and
you have created a matching game the children will love
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There are so many ways of doing things
Make sure what you are offering works for you
PLUS
Moves in the direction you want to go with the children’s learning
Everything we do needs to guide them in some way
Make sure it is a way that is of benefit the greatest to them!!
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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#90 Shine as an Educator – Is Fun Unprofessional?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Is fun part of your day?
How high a priority is fun to you?
Does fun keep you motivated?
Does fun keep you focused?
Does fun help you like what you do?
Is fun something you need?
Is fun something you push aside and
declare not professional or not needed?
Do you prioritise fun when you are programming your day?
If so why and if not why not?
CHALLENGE
How can you put more fun into your day?
Is it something you need to think about and add when programming?
Can you add more fun within your interactions
with the children, educators and adults?
Let’s debunk the concept that being fun isn’t professional,
this just has to be a statement that get’s the boot!!
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If you want the children to love being with you, have fun,
build trust and let them know that what they think and say is important.
If you want to stay motivated,
not board and really enjoy being an early childhood educator
it is time to add fun to your days.
There are so many ways to add fun into your days.
Take advantage of this time of year whether it be Christmas experiences,
end of term celebrations, Summer fun…
Who became the fun police??
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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#89 Shine as an Educator – Where to Next for You?


CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION
Where to next for you?
I feel a bit funny asking this but there is 9 weeks left until Christmas
The educators that I speak to
who have really owned this year with confidence and determination
to create days that really worked
Have had boundaries
Have had a clear vision
Have had amazing routines, with energy and passion
SO
Have you had the boundaries you’ve needed?
Have you had a really clear vision of
how you want to support children?
Have you had the routines with both the children and yourself
that have build confidence, energy and passion
for learning and what we do?
YOUR CHALLENGE
Look at your care setting
What changes would you of loved to have made this year that you haven’t?
You know, at the start of the year
when you get enthused about starting something new.
>Creating a space that the children will love.
>Moving things around
>Changing the way you offer something
And I will be speaking more about this in the coming weeks
What did you wish to change this year that you didn’t?
It’s NOT too late
There are still 9 weeks to go!
Plenty of time for you to make real changes before the close of year.
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Don’t just give up!
NOW that I have reminded you to dig into some of the changes
you had planned for this year
> take a deep breath
> find some strength and determination
> connect with someone else that might be feeling the same as you
You need to love what you do as an educator…
Grab onto that feeling and start creating it,
make the changes, improvements, experiences that
YOU had planned for 2017 there is still time.
Remember to SHINE AS AN EDUCATOR

I would love to hear from you

Kath
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#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.
.
.
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
.
.
TOP TIP
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
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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