Category: Inspiration

Inspiration, tips and fun stuff

Is it wrong to love the children you teach?

When studying to become an early childhood educator, I always remember a lecturer stressing the importance of maintaining a professional distance from becoming too close to the children you teach. It was unprofessional to develop strong feelings for children. I...

/ June 17, 2016

Learning in a puddle

One of my clearest childhood memories is of a friend and I walking to school and coming across a gigantic puddle. It was like a magnet that drew us closer and closer. I remember us looking at each other, no...

/ June 8, 2016

Mentoring advice part three – your words

In our third and final article focusing on advice imparted on educators by their mentors, we have a wonderful collection of your own words and personal stories. We have no doubt that they will inspire you in different ways and we hope...

/ June 1, 2016

Mentoring advice part two – Leadership

  Recently we asked you to share with us the one piece of advice or lesson learnt from a mentor that has influenced your teaching the most. In the second of our articles on mentoring, we focus on leadership advice. There are...

/ May 18, 2016

Mentoring advice part one – Working with children

We had the most overwhelming response to our recent give away where we asked you to share with us the one piece of advice or lesson learnt from a mentor that has influenced your teaching the most. We compiled your entries...

/ April 27, 2016

How to get the most out of your study tour to Reggio Emilia

  No one in Reggio wants to teach others how to “do school.” What we seek to do rather is to try and deepen our understanding, together with others, of why it was possible in Reggio Emilia for an (educational)...

/ April 10, 2016

Weird things teachers say…

As an early childhood educator, you often find yourself saying the strangest things in your day-to-day dealings with children. We asked you for some of the weird things you have found yourself saying, and this is what you told us…

/ March 30, 2016

You know you’re a teacher when

There are some things that are very particular to early childhood educators. Those things that “others” just don’t understand… You would be hard pressed to find electricians who receive hugs when they arrive at work.  Gift wrapping stressing you out?...

/ March 30, 2016

From rosters, to no rosters

To roster or not to roster, that is the question? During my 14-year teaching career, I have taught in a learning service WITH rosters, and am currently working in a learning service WITHOUT rosters. When I started in my current learning...

/ March 15, 2016

Is early childhood education the key to lifting communities out of poverty?

…in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity. – Carol Bellamy Argentina is a country that’s known for so many great things. Football, red wine, BBQ, Tango – but there’s another side that your...

/ February 25, 2016