?Setting the stage? for next level of exploration / investigation.
This really involves rethinking how we plan our program from activity based to material based.
Tips for Setting the Stage:
Provoking ?I wonder? questions, initiating conversations and assisting in researching answers to their questions.
The Art of Asking Questions
Open ended questions are like communication skills in general?to some it comes naturally and others need to work at it. Educational and general ?life? settings have role-modeled to us the art of asking and answering ?testing? style questions that we already know the answers to ? therefore they come very naturally.
Open-ended questions may therefore take more thought to get into the habit of asking. However when you do not know what the child may answer ? it can be very exciting and insightful as an educator. Open-ended answers give far more information about the child?s views then ?its yellow, quacks and lives in the water??
Being reflective in our practices ? how did that go? What can I or we improve on next time?
An area that we as educators and caregivers often shy away from; living authentically through open, honest reflection of our actions or experiences.
Ensuring we keep abreast of effective practices in Early Childhood Development
As an educator the best service that you can do for yourself, your children and the families you serve is to be active in your own professional development.
Advocate for your dreams!