Pedagogical Documentation: Sharing Stories of Meaning

Pedagogical Documentation: Sharing Stories of Meaning

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE. Constructivist theory in education suggests that learners are the makers of meaning. This theory is especially relevant in early learning. Meaning-making refers to the personal epistemology that learners create to help them make sense of influences, relationships and sources of knowledge in their world. Teachers create experiences for learners … Continue reading

Thought Provocations: The Teacher as Provocateur

Thought Provocations: The Teacher as Provocateur

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE. Recently I wrote a provoking post about provocations that has continued to stimulate thought on the role/image of the teacher. As provocateurs, teachers are in a position not to make learning “smooth or easy for children, but rather to stimulate it” by making it “more complex, involving and arousing” (Edwards, … Continue reading

A Provoking Post on Provocations

A Provoking Post on Provocations

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE. I am not sure exactly when I first heard the term provocation as used to describe a “Reggio-inspired” experience for children. It might have been five or six years ago. I found the use of the word troubling and I continue to struggle with it. I have resisted using it … Continue reading

Show and Tell: Tell Me Why, Tell Me Why Not?

Show and Tell: Tell Me Why, Tell Me Why Not?

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE.  I am a member of countless early childhood education groups on Facebook. I learn so much from members from around the world. Recently, a photo appeared in one of these groups that depicted a plastic bin, decorated with coloured shapes and labelled “Show and Tell”. The text that went … Continue reading