What are the standards of experience that we want all children to have? Lilian Katz gives us something to think about in this article.  It was helpful to the staff at the Preschool to copy this and keep it handy when talking with parents about “readiness.”

http://.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/corestandards/standardsofexperience.html

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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.”