Category: Swinging Pendulums

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 00584

When preschool and kindergarten teachers yield to the pressure of preparing children for first grade…they risk dampening the positive dispositions for learning that children need to be successful learners.

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 00561

Let’s give serious thought to what really constitutes risk and ask ourselves whether a risk is warranted to nurture growth and development. Climbing to a higher level on a structure is scary the first time, as is sliding down the fire pole, but the fear is followed by elation at accomplishing a new skill and transcending that fear. It’s a moment of growth.

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 01130

Let’s give serious thought to what really constitutes risk and ask ourselves whether a risk is warranted to nurture growth and development. Climbing to a higher level on a structure is scary the first time, as is sliding down the fire pole, but the fear is followed by elation at accomplishing a new skill and transcending that fear. It’s a moment of growth.

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 01704

When we reach out to the difficult child in our group and don’t give up on making that child part of our community, we contribute to a positive future for our country. When our professional skills include being respectful to all the children, not just the ones who are fun or easy to manage, we become our best selves and set a true example for the children in our care of what a caring community is all about. Most importantly, when we do this, we create a place for everyone.

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 01007

When a system expects all four-year-olds to be writing and to write in a uniform way on prescribed paper…we put children at risk of losing their interest in learning…

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How much risk is too much? How high is too high? If we are too cautious, do we inhibit natural growth and development? How can children conquer a fear of heights if no one lets them try?

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 00307

…as a profession, we need to move past wanting easy answers to realize that we need to be fluid, changing, thoughtful, balanced, and flexible so we can find creative solutions to problems we confront. We may not find a “just right” that would satisfy Goldilocks, but we are sure to do a better job than if we accept the status quo or allow ourselves to continue a pattern that isn’t working just because that’s the way we’ve always done it.

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 01480

…all children have stories to tell; try to listen. All children have fears; try to ease them. All children have abilities; try to nurture them.

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 00842

When outcomes and achievement levels are arbitrarily set without consideration to individual learning styles, developmental levels, and language and cultural influences, everyone loses.

Swinging Pendulums | Quote 00832

…all children have stories to tell; try to listen. All children have fears; try to ease them. All children have abilities; try to nurture them.

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