So one of the benefits of being a Roots of Empathy Instructor is more professional development. As I have said before I am an ECE geek, I love professional development! I am a professional development addict. My co-educators used to joke that I had a thousand hours between licensing renewels. I used to joke that there were twelve step programs for people like me.
Today the Saanich School District hosted a Roots of Empathy learning circle of sorts. I was a little nervous going into it. See I am the youngest at the table. The other instructors are retired principals, high school teachers and primary teachers. There is a lot of wisdom in this group. I am the only Early Childhood Educator at the table as well. I love the Roots of Empathy program but the curriculum does feel a little foreign to me. The content is great but I am a practitioner of emergent curriculum and following the child’s lead, I have never taught with a scripted curriculum before. So as nervous as I was I was excited to sit down with all that wisdom and hear how they were approaching the curriculum.
The funny thing was we were all approaching it in very similar ways. We were following the children’s lead and fitting the curriculum to the children.
One of the instructors shared something that stayed with me as well. She said “Curriculum is not the lesson you plan but what happens in the classroom.” As an ECE I have always believed this. It is the thing I love most about being an ECE, the flying by the seat of my pants, not knowing where the children will take me next. I also think its what I like about being an ROE Instructor. You never know where the children and babies will take you. What is happening in the classroom between that Kindergarten class and baby is amazing and I am honoured that I get to be a part of it. I also feel honoured that I get to be part of another learning community with these wise wise women.
Do you have a group that you share the learning with?