The Inspired EC Blog — pedagogy

Can 1:1 time combat "Challenging behaviour"?

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Can 1:1 time combat "Challenging behaviour"?

  {I originally wrote this post in 2019, and have updated, although the story remains the same}   My middle child had just started school. For the first time ever my youngest was now at home with just me (in addition to a day with Nan and a day at preschool) In the weeks and months leading up to it, I had been simultaneously looking forward to and dreading it. You see, my youngest was a firecracker. She is (and still is) hilariously funny, incredibly inquisitive and extremely loving. She also hasd those traits that are often seen as negatives...

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From Gaming to Games: 4 Ways to Spark Imaginative Play for School Aged Children

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From Gaming to Games: 4 Ways to Spark Imaginative Play for School Aged Children

  ** This post was originally written in 2019 and has been updated and resposted ** Two boys arrive at our TimberNook program full of stories of online gaming – stories that seem somewhat older than their 8-9 years. They argue (playfully) about who does what in Fortnite and how to get through certain challenges  or something to that effect (let’s be honest – I have no idea what Fortnite is all about!) As we settle into the morning, the group of children disperse on our bushland site and begin working on cubbies and hanging out on the tyre swing....

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What's the deal with the birthday wall?

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What's the deal with the birthday wall?

**This post was originally written several years ago and has been revamped and reposted. Enjoy! **   I’m just going to be blunt – I don’t get the whole concept of a birthday wall. Never have. The oversized cupcakes and giant balloons filled with children’s names and birth dates and plastered on the walls of early childhood settings, have never made sense to me. And each year, as the “help, what should I do for our birthday wall?” posts invade the early childhood Facebook community, I find myself asking “why?”  In the words of the amazing Lisa Murphy  “What are...

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Lessons In Nature

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Lessons In Nature

  Right now, in Lake Macquarie, we are in lockdown. As I write this, it is day 6 of 7 (although there is the strong possibility that it won't all end tomorrow). I am working from home, while my three children (6, 8 and 11) are schooling from home. Last year, when COVID first interrupted usual programming, we spent many weeks schooling from home and to be honest - I hated it. This time around, I am trying hard to not let it stress me out, to not become frustrated with the amount of screen time it requires, to not...

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Mentorship Matters

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Mentorship Matters

  What if we told you that the difference between you being a standard educator and an amazing educator rested with someone else? Sure - you are ultimately responsible for the type of educator that you are and that you become. You make choices each and every day about the way that you interact with children, and the way that you support their play. But there is no doubt that these choices are shaped by others - in good ways, and sometimes in not so good ways.    Yesterday, Tash called to share with me an amazing conversation she'd had...

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