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Accepting the Gift of Time in the Process of Pedagogical Documentation

Accepting the Gift of Time in the Process of Pedagogical Documentation | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. With the fullness of time, I have begun to go deeper in my understanding of the process of documentation that is pedagogical. Time is a gift I was given during the week that was The Rhythm of Learning in Nature 2016. In the inaugural season of #Rhythm2015, my gift for…
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ABCs of ECE: The Game and the Challenge!

ABCs of ECE: The Game and the Challenge! | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. This spring, I shared the experience of spending two weeks in Adelaide, South Australia, with Cindy Green, my long time colleague and critical friend. The trip produced a few blog posts and many cherished memories of people we met and places we visited. Cindy wrote about touring some inspiring spaces.…
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Visual Reflections: A Language of Documentation and Collaborative Professional Learning

Visual Reflections: A Language of Documentation and Collaborative Professional Learning | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. This will be the first of a series of blog posts about the recent experience in Adelaide, South Australia shared with my friend and colleague, Cindy Green. We were brought to this beautiful, remarkable city to present a series of four workshops for EChO, the Early Childhood Organization of South Australia. We…
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Playing and Learning: Our Second Nature

Playing and Learning: Our Second Nature | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Looking at the photo below, that my cousin sent me recently, I found myself thinking about the past and my early outdoor play and learning experiences. I remember as a very young child having great times playing outside without structure and without supervision – making mud pies, playing in the…
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The Environment as the Third Teacher: An Integral Part of How Learning Happens

The Environment as the Third Teacher: An Integral Part of How Learning Happens | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. One of the aspects of my work in early childhood education that I am grateful for is the opportunity to visit programs for children, both indoors and outdoors, from in...
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Models and Approaches to Early Learning: Where is the Play and Inquiry?

Models and Approaches to Early Learning: Where is the Play and Inquiry? | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. There are many perspectives on philosophies and theories and how they should guide early learning practice. Program models and approaches have been been influenced by ...
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Empowering Pedagogy: A Pedagogy of Critical Reflection | Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research

Empowering Pedagogy: A Pedagogy of Critical Reflection | Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have long been fascinated with the use of metaphors as a tool to support reflective practice. I find the idea of a wall to be particularly useful in reflecting on reflection. As a faculty advisor to ECE degree students in their final year of study, I find myself saying…
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Worksheets don’t Work: Try Reggio-Inspired Mathematics!

Worksheets don’t Work: Try Reggio-Inspired Mathematics! | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. After three decades of fascination with all things early childhood education, I still wonder where the future path will lead? What will the the field of early childhoo...
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Titles and Topics: Emergent Curriculum Projects and Inquiries

Titles and Topics: Emergent Curriculum Projects and Inquiries | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have written before about coming to terms to terms and I find myself still grappling with all the buzzwords popping up in my news feeds on Facebook, Twitter, and Pin...
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Reggio inspired learning through Multiple Perspectives

Reggio inspired learning through Multiple Perspectives | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Perspective is a fascinating word for the many ways that it can be defined. I have been thinking a lot about the impact of perspective on my practice as a Reggio inspi...
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A Tapestry of Learning

A Tapestry of Learning | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
Professional Learning Workshops. In collaboration with Cindy Green, a friend and colleague, I am pleased to offer a series of workshops that may be of interest to the early learning community. Cind...
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Breaking New Ground in Reggio Inspired Practice: The Atelier of Nature

Breaking New Ground in Reggio Inspired Practice: The Atelier of Nature | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE We are – and we must be convinced of this – inside an ecosystem: our earthly journey is a journey we make along with the environment, nature, the universe. Our organism...
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The Reggio-inspired Acorn School: Teachers as Marvellers of Children

The Reggio-inspired Acorn School: Teachers as Marvellers of Children | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. A few weeks ago, Rosalba Bortolotti the director of Acorn School posted an announcement on Facebook that the school was closing. This wonderful site for joyous learning...
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Now Trending in Early Childhood Education: Nature!

Now Trending in Early Childhood Education: Nature! | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Over the many years that I have been an early childhood educator, I have been fascinated with developing trends. I always found it very interesting to reflect on what topics are being written about and spoken about the most. A trend in fashion, can be something that comes and goes. What…
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Inspiring Spaces: Risk, Choice and Playful Learning

Inspiring Spaces: Risk, Choice and Playful Learning | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Cindy Green B.Sc., RECE. I am grateful to my long time friend and colleague, Diane Kashin for inviting me to accompany her on a journey to present in, and visit Adelaide, South Australia. Upon return from our adventures there are so many experiences that we continue to reflect on regarding the multiples perspectives evident in…
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A Thinking Continuum: A Search for Complexity in Early Childhood Education Practice

A Thinking Continuum: A Search for Complexity in Early Childhood Education Practice | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Pondering about early learning is something that I do on a regular basis. Usually what motivates me are stories from colleagues and friends or posts shared on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, as most of my friends and followers on social media are educators. I could talk for hours with anyone…
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The Colour of Learning: A Reflection on Reggio, Constructivism and Provocations

The Colour of Learning: A Reflection on Reggio, Constructivism and Provocations | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Recently, I have been provoked to think and reflect about colour. I have always known that colour impacts learning and that there is a psychology behind colours. Having just moved into a new townhome that I waited two years for the builder to finish, I spent considerable time thinking about the colour…
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Reframing and Renaming What We Do and Who We Are: Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century

Reframing and Renaming What We Do and Who We Are: Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Four years ago, I entered the realm of social media for the purposes of professional learning. It has been an amazing experience as I have expanded my knowledge, my ne...
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Emergent Curriculum: Taking Interests to the Next Realm – Cultivate rather than Follow

Emergent Curriculum: Taking Interests to the Next Realm – Cultivate rather than Follow | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have written about interests in an earlier blog post. I find interest-based teaching and learning to be so interesting! My interest propels me to think deeply and ex...
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From Themes to Emergent Curriculum: Facing the Resistance to Change with Kindness and Compassion. | Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research

From Themes to Emergent Curriculum: Facing the Resistance to Change with Kindness and Compassion. | Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I spent a number of my formative years as an early childhood educator working in a community based child care program. I worked collaboratively with the other teachers and the administration team. We had a culture of mutual respect and I felt valued as a member of the community. However,…
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Multiplicity in Materials: Reggio Inspiration and the Knowledge of Jean Piaget

Multiplicity in Materials: Reggio Inspiration and the Knowledge of Jean Piaget | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have been reading a lot about tinkering lately. Tinkering is about hands-on experiences, learning from failures, and unstructured time to explore and invent. And thr...
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Emerging with Emergent Curriculum

Emerging with Emergent Curriculum | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Expertise on emergent curriculum is difficult to attain. It is like a utopian position that can never be realized. Learning about emergent curriculum is ongoing. I rem...
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Perspectives on Reggio-inspired Practice: Making Educational Somersaults

Perspectives on Reggio-inspired Practice: Making Educational Somersaults | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. It has been a week since I returned from Stockholm, Sweden and my visit with Suzanne Axelsson from Interaction Imagination and a year since Suzanne came to Canada and ...
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Pedagogical Documentation: Why? When? Who? What? Where? How?

Pedagogical Documentation: Why? When? Who? What? Where? How? | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. As someone who has been asked often to teach pedagogical documentation to students and professionals, I grapple with the process and all it entails. It is difficult to...
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Early Childhood Education Environmental Inquiry: Puddles of Opportunity

Early Childhood Education Environmental Inquiry: Puddles of Opportunity | Professional learning for early childhood educators | Scoop.it
By Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have been doing a lot of thinking about inquiry lately. In my capacity as the chair of the York Region Nature Collaborative I was invited to take part in a pilot envi...
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