Improving my Teaching Practice

The Truth about working in Childcare: A personal journey with teacher burn out

The truth about working in childcare is that it’s hard work, I think it’s the hardest work and if it were easy, everyone would do it. It’s also the most important work. These two things can generate burn out in a person really quick. Feeling the pressure to be on it all the time when… Continue reading The Truth about working in Childcare: A personal journey with teacher burn out

SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

The Two Most Important Words When Changing Diapers: SLOW DOWN

  Since my last post I have started working at a new childcare center. I’m a lead teacher in a classroom of 7, soon to be 9, infants that range in ages from 4 – 14 months. I work with four teaching assistants who come into and leave the class throughout the day. The center… Continue reading The Two Most Important Words When Changing Diapers: SLOW DOWN

Improving my Teaching Practice

Respecting what a child wants/needs and myself

Wow it has been awhile since I have posted! And so much as had happened. In the first week of September our center shut down and all of the teachers came to work for a week of professional development. This week was spent listening to presentations and preparing our classrooms for a new year. This… Continue reading Respecting what a child wants/needs and myself

Improving my Teaching Practice

Tansferring Knowledge: working with adults and with children

I’ve been thinking a lot lately. It has been feeling like my braining is running so fast that my body can’t keep up. I’ve been thinking about observation, having a plan, being flexible, aggression, why we get angry, mindfulness, setting limits, treating adults and children with the same amount of respect, and transferring knowledge from… Continue reading Tansferring Knowledge: working with adults and with children

Building Relationships

It starts with the Parents

In the RIE® foundations course I learned that when caregiving, the relationship doesn’t start with the child, it starts with the parents. The parent is trusting you with their child, their child that they love so much, that they would do anything for, that means the world to them. They are trusting a stranger, or… Continue reading It starts with the Parents

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Be an advocate!

Advocate: one that supports or promotes the interests of another – Merriam-Webster dictionary I’m pretty passionate about the word advocate. After the RIE® foundations course I felt like I became an advocate for infants and their rights (at least in my own work). I’m currently an advocate for toddlers and am a HUGE advocate for… Continue reading Be an advocate!