《声音》 VOICES Ivy's VOICES Fall/Winter Edition 2018 - Page 33

ITI CORNER also help teachers and children see visually the things that they have accomplished both as individuals and as a community of learners. Children should be encouraged to annotate and caption the mind maps freely. Challenge Children If children are to realize their full potential as innovators, then educators must always challenge children to meet their potential. So often we accept the bare minimum from children, or celebrate “cuteness” over learning. In the early years of life children go from being helpless infants to having most of the mental and physical faculties of an adult. During this period of rapid development, a human beings capacity to learn and grow is unparalleled, and so it is critical for educators to always challenge children. Final Thought Children are natural innovators and problem solving. Education can either help this natural proclivity to blossom, or stifle it. It is the job of early childhood educators to ensure that children have ample time to explore, play and solve problems. We must offer them safe, novel, and material rich environments, observe them carefully and give them direct and actionable feedback. Young children are limitless potential, and educators must always find ways to partner with them as co-creators of rich learning. a. Feedback. Early Childhood Educators must always resist the tendency to praise. We must eliminate the phrase “good job” from our vocabulary. We must know how to explain to children how they can improve their work, how they better explore the questions of truth, beauty and goodness. In her book “Radical Candour” Kim Scott argues that bosses must “care personally, and challenge directly” their staff. Teachers of all kinds, but especially Early Childhood Educators must do the same. We must care deeply for the children in our charge, but not at the expense of their development. As careful observers of children, we should understand and be prepared to push them to their highest potential. 31