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

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

Improving my Teaching Practice

The power of changing your perspective

A few weeks ago my co-teachers we gone, not at the same time, one right after the other. I have to say it’s hard being down a co- teacher. The quality of my care just drops and drops and drops. I was worrying about everything and finally my fiancé said to me “that seems like… Continue reading The power of changing your perspective

Children and Emotions

Being authentic while still leaving our feelings at the door

One of the first things I learned in the education program was the importance of leaving our feelings at the door and focusing on the children. I agree with this and I feel like we should try to put our outside life, outside the classroom but there is a point where this can be come… Continue reading Being authentic while still leaving our feelings at the door

Children and Emotions

Self-regulation: Is it really about self?

Last week I talked a little bit about the RIE® conference in my post. Along with learning about my oh-hum mode I also learned about helping children regulate their aggression. I got the privilege to hear Ruth Anne Hammond speak on Regulating aggression in young children: working with their instincts, not against them. One of… Continue reading Self-regulation: Is it really about self?