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COVID Gifts in the Early Years

COVID Gifts in the Early Years

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. After going into lockdown a few days after facilitating my last face to face workshop in March I have pivoted to online professional learning as webinars have become the new normal. This is unprecedented as we are now required to maintain physical distance but be socially connected. During these uncertain … Continue reading

Competence and Capacity in the Early Years

Competence and Capacity in the Early Years

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. We are living in extraordinarily difficult times profoundly impacting the three subjects of education; children, families and teachers. Every day, I find myself in a paradox. I see images and words shared on social media that demonstrate that choices are being made to continue within the restrictions and limitations to … 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

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

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