“If we want to see innovation happening in our schools, we need to trust, encourage, and empower teachers to transform their practice. Too often, teachers are forced to teach inside the box and it can feel frustrating.”
Ann Pelo and Margie Carter, in their popular, groundbreaking work, From Teaching to Thinking, write about how
teachers and administrators often face “pressures to inscribe early childhood programs with standardized, scripted curriculum that emphasizes literacy, numeracy and science concepts at the cost of vigorous play and rigorous exploration...”
Pelo and Carter pose a question about what kind of story we want to tell about the work early educators and leaders do: one of mistrust and over-control or one of belief in educators’ competence and creativity:
“What if the story were transformed with an understanding that pedagogical practice should be aimed at sustaining a culture of inquiry, where educators listen, wonder and reflect; where we are surprised, delighted and moved?”
Naturally, children are eager for connective relationships, they are curious, they are thinkers. This foundational text is a pedagogical companion for educators that strengthens their own development as thinkers, researchers, innovators, and constructors of knowledge so that they can pass on this way of being to the children in their care.
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Gerry, thank you for commenting. agreed!
-Tiffany at Exchange
Without respect and trust, teachers are not enabled to respect and trust children and all the potential learning for both is seriously limited.
For high quality learning and care, teachers/adults in children's lives need agency.