Saturday, March 18

FOCUS ON HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN? Around the web with HDLH?

THOUGHTS * REFLECTIONS * RESOURCES



WHAT IS HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?
Thoughts from: Amy Gibson, BCD, RECE
The new Childcare and Early Years Act is now following a new education component called “how does learning happen”. This curriculum is designed to have children learn through relationships, family and their environment. This pedagogy allows educators to focus on . . ."



THINK, FEEL, ACT: LESSONS FROM RESEARCH ABOUT YOUNG CHILDREN

"The Ontario Early Years Policy Framework describes how the experiences children have in the early years can have an extraordinary and long-lasting impact on children's learning, development, health and well-being. Central to this is a view of children as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential. To support educators working in early years settings in their continuous professional learning, the Ministry worked with leading experts in the early childhood field to develop the following thought-provoking resources."



HDLH? PROGRAM REGULATIONS Lynne Besner – Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Education

THE ROLE OF PROFESSIONAL ECES IN "HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?The Ontario College of ECEs talk on the role of professional ECEs in "How Does Learning Happen?
MAKING THE HDLH DOCUMENT VISIBLE USING THE FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF LEARNING. The Halton Resource Connection staff supported the community by Expression. Engagement. Well-Being. Belonging

HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN WHEN WE READ WITH CHILDREN? A Newsletter for Early Learning Professionals from Toronto’s Early Literacy Specialists.




"THE HDLH PEDAGOGY SUPPORTS ME with my own reflective practice and gives me a valuable tool to support and inspire teaching teams to begin to make slight changes in how they are approaching children and families."
Rebecca Vosper Resource Consultant Team Leader Children’s Integration Support Services

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Happy Programming with HDLH?
From Tricia and 100 Days of Child Care Programming!





Monday, March 6

CASE STUDY ANALYSIS for ECES


CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: 
What happens when . . .

FIRST, WHAT IS A CASE STUDY?

"A process or record of research in which detailed consideration is given to the development of a particular person, group, or situation over a period of time."


"The case study method often involves simply observing what happens"

SOMETHINGS TO TRY: What happens when you make the following change to your room?
 

Add loose parts to the block area


Create a tinkering area

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/provocations-tinkering-tricia-kassotis
Start using learning stories from observations


https://www.smore.com/jfhcr

Start using story park for documentation

https://www.storypark.com/for_teachers 
Implement new language strategies with ESL children 



Use bullet journals to record your ideas

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/continuous-professional-learning-tricia-kassotis
Have fun!

Sunday, February 19

'EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN' - One veteran teacher's reflection in times of change



For me the above saying reflects the changes that are occurring within the profession of Early Childhood Educators.

There is a renewed emphasis on the whole child.  How early learning involves the total child.  This is a time for educators to stop and reflect on their practices.



Reflection is an important tool/skill for an early childhood educator to develop.  Reflection occurs through strong and accurate observation.  Reflection gives an educator the time to evaluate the curriculum and activities provided for the young children in the program.  When this reflection occurs the activities and curriculum are either validated or changes need to be made that reflect the children's true interest.



Once this reflection occurs real early learning can begin and facilitated.  By tapping into the children's interests then a play based learning environment can provide an authentic learning experience for young children.

A play based learning environment for young children enriches all aspects of a child's development.  Upon reflection an educator will be able to address all of the developmental areas of young children.  With reflection an educator will be able to provide interactive materials and scenarios where young children can learn.



Reflection can be seen as a “mirror” for an early childhood educator.  The children and the early learning environment is the reflection in the mirror.  The mirror will reflect back to the educator if their curriculum and activities are what the children need, desire and want.



“Everything old is new again” is the past reflecting on the present.

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Guest post from: M. Roslyn Walker
Veteran toddler teacher
Riverparkway Children's Centre, Ottawa

25 years and counting . . . .