Shifting the Paradigm.

April 29 - May 1

Once again we will gather together to #shifttheparadigm in Jewish early childhood education. Are you ready to make a difference? 

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Monday, April 30 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Teaching for the Moment

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So much of teaching is improvisational. So many meaningful moments come from the unexpected, that which takes us by surprise. Finding a ladybug in the garden, for example, can lead to a myriad of questions, observations, conversations, songs, stories, games, etc. This is the heart of emergent curriculum.  But do we know how to intentionally create and allow space for the unexpected? Can we recognize the moments that amaze the child? Do we know how to expand a single moment into more moments for organic inquiry? Do we know how to slow down? When and how to change our plan? Or are we burnt out from the day to day? Are we spending most of our day supporting children through conflict resolution? Are we just trying to get children from one scheduled activity to the next? How can we create a classroom that embraces spontaneous opportunities for learning? How can we plan for the unplanned? How can we teach not only in the moment, but for the moment? 

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Liza Sparks

a teacher, Boulder JCC Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center
Liza Sparks is a teacher at the Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center in Boulder, Colorado. She currently teaches in a three-year-old classroom. Liza received her Master’s in Community Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education from Goddard College in Plainfield... Read More →

Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT