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
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
Two weeks ago I lead the infant teacher’s team meeting. We talked about teacher burn out, read a chapter called nurturing the caregiver from Being with Babies and I brought in mint, lemon, ginger water as a little treat. I think the meeting went pretty well. One of the reasons I choose to talk about… Continue reading Teacher Burn Out
Two years ago I planned to loop up with a group of children (ages 4-12 months) until they turned three. I loved this idea. I loved the fact that I could watch the children over a span of three years and see how they change, develop and form who they are. I thought that it… Continue reading Know yourself, respect yourself
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!
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
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
This post is more directed to teachers, caregivers, nannies, and anyone who works directly with children. I think that this post will also give parents somethings to think about. Just wanted everyone to know that I’m coming from a teacher perspective who works at a childcare center. The past few weeks my co-workers and I… Continue reading Facebook: Protecting children’s right to privacy
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?
This past weekend I got the privilege to go to the RIE conference in LA. It was so wonderful, thought provoking and inspiring. One of the many things I learned was not to travel for a conference and move on the same weekend (I will post more about the conference in the next few weeks).… Continue reading Ho-Hum Mode