As early years educators we believe that every child is capable. This belief has brought about a shift in the view of the child from:
The child as an empty Vessel ~ passive and compartmentalized
The child as an Explorer ~ active and playful
With this shift, educators have begun to re-examine their role as educators in the early years. The shifting role of the teacher is one that challenges many educators. By giving the control to my students will I still be accountable? Will students meet curriculum expectations? In moving away from teacher -directed programming, teachers wonder: what does my role look like?
The Teacher is a Facilitator of Learning
The teacher’s role is to learn alongside their students, joining in on playful opportunities, asking thought-provoking questions that push for depth and allowing student interest to uncover curriculum expectations. Teachers respond to student interests by providing rich opportunities and thoughtful materials that will provoke further exploration.
Trust in the Environment that you Create for Learning
Educators must trust that the classroom environment will act as the “Third Teacher” and it’s intentional organization and placement of materials will support student learning.
It’s not just WHAT you learn that matters – but HOW you learn – Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
We are leaving the information age, where getting the factoids was enough. You can get a fact on google instantly! Integrating information and innovation is key.
Success in the global workforce requires that our children be skilled in the 6C’s – Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Einstein Never Used Flashcards written by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, a must read for all early childhood educators, has inspired us to think critically about best practices and has shaped what we believe about the benefits of promoting a ‘playful’ education in the early years. In their book, Hirsh-Pasek and Michnick Golinkoff outline the 6 critical learning skills that will support the development of early learners and predict future success.
- Collaboration – How to work together on a team
- Communication – Language skills, listening, reading, speaking and being persuasive
- Content – Need content e.g. math and phonics – The 3rd C not the only C!
- Critical Thinking – How do we sift through all this information and question assumptions?
- Creative Innovation – Create something different
We believe that a child-centred, inquiry-based program where children learn though play supports the development of these critical skills.
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