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Foundations for Learning Series

Making HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN? Practical!

Childlife has developed a 6-Part Training Series on the Four Foundations for Learning that helps the early childhood educator to understand more deeply the How Does Learning Happen? Theories and how to apply them in their every day work with the children. Examples and simple strategies are highlighted throughout the training to support best practices that foster optimum learning in the classroom.

Each session highlights the Four Foundations for Learning from the HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN? (HLDH?) document as they pertain to guiding children supportively, positively and effectively and reinforcing a continuum of learning.

As always, all our training is customized to target your professional development goals. Most topics are covered in 1.5 hours and can be adapted for half and full day sessions.

WORKSHOP TOPICS

Part 1: SUPPORTIVE GUIDANCE

Behaviour management theories often reduce guidance strategies to ineffective consequences and needless power struggles. “Recurring themes from research, theory, and practice suggest that high-quality early childhood programs establish positive, responsive relationships with children and their families.” (HDLH?)

This workshop sets the stage for ECEs to move away from the old theories of “behaviour management” and begin to embrace the supportive guidance practices.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how the Belonging and Well-Being Learning Foundations are addressed
  • Learn the Supportive Guidance Principles
  • Understand the pitfalls of “behaviour management” concepts
  • Discover the Supportive Guidance Framework
  • Learn easy, effective techniques to increase behaviours children need
  • Discover simples steps to change challenging behaviour
  • Leave the session with more strategies to guide children positively

Part 2: CULTIVATING SELF REGULATION SKILLS IN THE CLASSROOM

The latest brain research confirms that children who learn self regulation skills: how to identify, understand and manage emotions, do better in life. “Early Childhood Educators who recognize the connection between emotional well-being, social and cognitive development and the importance of focusing on these areas holistically set the stage for more motivated learners.” (HDLH?)

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how the Well-being Learning Foundation is addressed
  • Learn the new brain science and the significance of positive early experiences
  • Understand the behaviour-emotion connection
  • Discover the power of Connection vs Direction vs Correction
  • Learn the 3 keys to Self Regulation
  • Learn effective strategies to reduce challenging behaviors before they begin
  • Discover simple strategies to teach children how to self regulate
  • Leave the session with ideas to create an emotionally enriched environment

Part 3: ENGAGE! CREATING ENVIRONMENTS RICH IN POTENTIAL

We know that teachers have a tremendous influence on child behaviour and development. Setting the stage for learning is crucial in preparing the brain for a solid foundation and helping children to be interested, motivated and engaged learners. Understanding how a child learns provides direction on ways to effectively connect with children and is key to activating their capacities and potential!

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how the Expression, Engagement, Well-being & Belonging Foundations are addressed
  • Discover how brain research supports good early childhood practices
  • Discover simple strategies to support children’s learning
  • Understand how to build and deepen relationships with each child
  • Learn effective engagement strategies with young children
  • Leave the session with ideas to foster an enriched learning environment

Part 4: BEING INTENTIONAL

TEACHING IS…Thoughtful, Informed, and Deliberate

Being an intentional educator is about embracing how children learn best and how to set the stage to foster play-based exploration, inquiry and fun in the classroom – daily! “When educators engage in continuous learning and questioning, exploring new ideas and adjusting practices, they achieve the best outcomes for children, families, and themselves.” (HDLH?)

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement and Expression Foundations are addressed
  • Understand different teaching styles and their impact on children’s learning
  • Learn the power of being a co-learner versus a “knowledge giver”
  • Discover simple strategies to enhance learning in the classroom
  • Leave the session with ideas to be a more intentional teacher

Part 5: ANGER MANAGEMENT: STRESS TO SUCCESS!

We know that a positive child-adult connection is important to a child’s overall development. Difficult behaviour can lead us into a “negative” cycle with a child. Identifying your stressors and learning how to keep calm, cool and connected is key to being an upbeat, motivated and passionate educator!

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how the Well-being, Belonging & Engagement Foundations are addressed
  • Learn how to identify the sources of stress
  • Review emotional management concepts
  • Discover simple strategies and healthy ways to deal with stress
  • Learn the Power of Positive
  • Discover easy ways to increase positive adult-child connections
  • Leave the sessions with ideas to reduce, prevent and cope with stress

Part 6: POWERFUL INTERACTIONS! SUPPORTING RESPONSIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Research concludes that supportive interactions are the underlying foundation to learning in all areas of development. Responsive relationships are an essential building block that helps early childhood professionals set the stage for learning environments in which all children experience a sense of belonging and well-being.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover simple strategies to set the stage for powerful interactions
  • Review how “behaviour management” strategies can lead to unresponsive relationships
  • Learn effective strategies to increase positive behaviours and nurture responsive relationships
  • Discover practical applications of the HDLH? theories and ways to support the foundations for learning in the classroom
  • Leave the session with strategies that foster positive child-adult connections

* Excerpted from How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, Government of Ontario

Childlife Consulting
www.childlife.ca
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Mary Stuart, E.C.E.D.H., RECE, Director