“When I hear stories about teachers and administrators making decisions that create the impression they don’t know children at all, I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development. When I hear stories of small children who are bewildered, frustrated, and even defeated in their earliest school experiences, trying with brave determination to do what is asked of them and failing to understand why they can’t, I wonder, what if everybody understood child development? At the very least, shouldn’t every educator and school administrator?” from Rae Pica: What If Everybody Understood Child Development?
Rae Pica: What If Everybody Understood Child Development?.
What can YOU do to increase your knowledge of Child Development? Brain storm with co workers some strategies to support YOUR understanding. What books, websites, articles, videos could you use as a support over the summer months? Let me hear from you.
A good quotation can serve as a model for one’s own work. I love quotations! I even have a list that I add new quotations to when I find them. Often they serve as inspiration or a spring board for my work as I attempt to communicate what I believe. Or it may be a reminder as I work with a staff of 80+ educators. I like this one: If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
-Winnie the Pooh.
It makes me smile first instead of getting frustrated. Or I think of this one: “Every time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself. On the other hand, that which we allow him to discover for himself will remain with him visible for the rest of his life.”( Piaget) as I work with teachers and parents to build an understanding of a constructivist curriculum. It doesn’t explain all of the approach but it gives me a spring board for a conversation. I especially like this one: Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
-Henry Van Dyke. It reminds me to use what I have- give it a go! I may not be the best song bird but I can sing my own song!
Do you use quotations? How and why? Read the following article for an interesting take on quotations~
We Are What We Quote – NYTimes.com.