Early Childhood Education and Care News
March 23, 2021
Welcome, this week 10 simple strategies for becoming a more reflective educator and why this practice is beneficial. Also, harnessing the power of the puppet to deliver enhanced play based learning experiences for the children in your service.
10 ways to be a more reflective educator
Reflective practice gives educators a chance to stop, reflect and learn from those everyday situations that arise when you're working with young children. It's about reflecting not just on what happened, but why. While some may find the process challenging and time-consuming, it's an important part of ongoing skills development and gives you the chance to refine your personal approach and centre policies to provide the very best care for children.

Here are 10 strategies to help you become an effective reflective educator:
The power of the puppet
One of TV's longest running children's show is teeming with puppets. "Sesame Street" is an award-winning educational program and puppets are a key factor in its success. Children connect with and feel comfortable engaging with puppets and when a puppet talks children pay attention.

Puppets open a gateway to a child's imagination allowing them to create, explore and flourish. Breathing life and fun into classroom learning, puppet play is a powerful teaching tool in early education settings.
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