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 · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

THINK…before interupting a child at play

“If someone were to walk in on a scientist on the verge of discovering the secrets of the universe, would it occur to that person to interrupt with an inconsequential comment about the weather, or the new shoes she just bought? No, the scientist is doing very important research; and if interruption were necessary, an… Continue reading THINK…before interupting a child at play

SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

“Wants Nothing” and “Wants Something” Quailty Time

  Magda Gerber split the quality time we have with children into two categories: wants nothing and wants something. Wants nothing quality time: “That’s when the parent doesn’t want to do anything with the child, has no plans other than wanting to simply be with the child.” (Gerber, 16). This is when you are sitting,… Continue reading “Wants Nothing” and “Wants Something” Quailty Time

Improving my Teaching Practice · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

Quality time: giving our full attention

I can recall times when I’ve observed a child at play and my thoughts start to wonder. Just recently I remember thinking, “oh I need to call to make a hair appointment. I really want to get my haircut.” Before I even knew it, I’m looking at and playing with my hair. Instead of watching the… Continue reading Quality time: giving our full attention