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Questions, Questions, Questions! Why Asking Them is Important for Early Childhood Educators

Questions, Questions, Questions! Why Asking Them is Important for Early Childhood Educators

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE.  Questions can be a wonderful way of supporting children’s thinking, theories, and emerging interests. On the other hand, they can be used to test children’s memory and can end up stifling their language development. Open-ended questions are developmentally more appropriate than closed-ended and testing questions. Open-ended questions are questions that … Continue reading

To Theme or Not to Theme: That is the Question

To Theme or Not to Theme: That is the Question

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. When I first started work on my doctorate, about twenty years ago, I was determined to remain true to my early childhood education roots and to focus my research on issues that connected to my context of early learning. I wanted my research to reach early childhood educators to build … Continue reading

The Studio Approach to Early Childhood Education

The Studio Approach to Early Childhood Education

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. and Rosalba Bortolotti, RECE. It was twenty-five years ago when our story began. We were brought together by a mutual interest in early childhood education and the Reggio Emilia Approach. When we met, Rosalba was working at a child care centre and I had just begun to teach early childhood … Continue reading

Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Reflective Practice and Collaborative Inquiry

Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Reflective Practice and Collaborative Inquiry

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. When I started this series focused on the six pedagogical approaches of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014) it was my way of giving back to early childhood educators who were looking for professional learning opportunities during quarantine especially those in my home province of Ontario, … Continue reading

Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Creating Environments as a “Third Teacher”

Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Creating Environments as a “Third Teacher”

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. and Laura Salau, RECE. To early childhood educators around the world, but especially to those in our province, Ontario, Canada, this blog post is designed to support your continuous professional learning. It is the fourth post in a series focused on the pedagogical approaches from How Does Learning Happen? (2014). These approaches … Continue reading

Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Learning through Exploration, Play and Inquiry

Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Learning through Exploration, Play and Inquiry

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE This is the third blog written during self-isolation imposed by the spread of COVID-19, intended to support early childhood educators committed to continuous professional learning. It is the second in a series focused on the pedagogical approaches from Ontario’s pedagogy for the early years: How Does Learning Happen? (2014). The … Continue reading