June 2012



Constructing Modern Knowledge.

A co worker sent me the link to this interesting website with Seminar information, resources, and posts related to the construction of knowledge.  Diverse faculty. Let me know what you think!  Thanks Eileen!

“One of the essential attributes of a good teacher — from preschool through graduate school — is the disposition to respect learners,” observes Lilian Katz in her book, Intellectual Emergencies: Some Reflections on Mothering and Teaching.  She explains…

“I suggest that to respect the learner means, among other things, attributing to the learner positive qualities, intentions, and expectations, even when the available evidence may cast doubts on the learner’s possession of these attributes.  A respectful relationship between the teacher and the learner is marked also by treating learners with dignity, listening closely and attentively to what the learners say, as well as looking for what they seem reluctant to say.  Respect also includes treating the learners as sensible persons, even though that assumption sometimes requires a stretch of the teacher’s imagination.  When it comes to young children this element of respect implies that we should resist the temptation to talk to young children in silly sweet voices, heaping empty praise on them, and giving them certificates indicating that smiling bear believes they are special.  This disrespectful strategy makes a mockery of teaching.  After all, teaching is about helping learners to make better, deeper, and fuller sense of their experience and to derive deep satisfaction from the processes of doing so.  Education, after all, is not about amusement, excitement, or entertainment.”

Learning from Early Childhood Education – Two Pedagogy Nerds Contemplate What Higher Ed Might be Overlooking « Techniques in Learning & Teaching.

Incredible blog- think about how early childhood practices can influence practices in universities!

When we know better – WE DO BETTER. – Maya Angelou

Young children learn new vocabulary at light speed! The learning is dependent on the range of words they are exposed to.  How do teachers facilitate building vocabulary with very young children? A number of strategies can be employed.  We know that conversation rich environments are vital to cognitive development.  We know that asking good questions can lead to deeper learning.  We know that young children listen to adults for clues to pronunciation, tone, and usage.  Now we know better so we can do better!

There’s a really interesting article on color naming and young children.  Since naming colors is included in every Preschool teachers repertoire, it’s interesting to note that the teacher’s language is an important factor in this task. The take home message:  watch your tongue and pay attention to the order of  your words.


Cuban Artist: Victor Manuel Garcia 1929

Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.
Cuban Proverb

Think about the worlds you encounter each day in the life of your home, school or center.  What is the connection between listening, verbal language, body language, and nonverbal modes of communication?  Does that image of “every head is a world” give you pause to think of the responsibility we have to value each person we encounter-children, parents, co educators? Do we reflect the value we hold in our language? Today you WILL impact the world!  Pretty heady stuff!

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