I’ve been busy behind the pages of this blog.
Between conferences and workshops and the planning meetings that accompany those trainings, a common topic emerged, something I’ve been mulling over a bit. It is this: Is play as a valuable part of early childhood classrooms more likely to be challenged when applied to low-income populations – children who may be viewed as “behind?” Is it harder to get support for developmentally appropriate practices for children who need the most developmental support?[Read more…]
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It’s ironic that there are still some people who seem to believe that the faster you can move children through childhood, the more advanced they’ll be.
This is the full text of the newsletter I sent out today.
I’ve been meaning to send out a newsletter all week. It’s been staring at me from my to-do list. But what I had planned to send out didn’t feel right anymore given the social context. So, I’ve been trying to find the right words to share.
As I’ve wrestled with those words, I’ve been offered an out —
“You don’t have to say anything.”
Long before the technology existed to allow us a real-time view inside the developing brain, a Swiss psychologist by the name of Jean Piaget explored the developmental patterns behind language and cognition in childhood. As one of the most influential developmental psychologists of the 20th century, he was a prolific writer and a pioneer in giving a developmental context to the human tasks of thinking and learning.
It’s been said that we’re all going through a collective traumatic event right now. And while we try to shield our young children from much of it, they are still touched on some level.