In this webinar we were joined by Samuel Broaden, educator and founder of Honoring Childhood! Samuel joined us to discuss the very important topic of bullying, and how early childhood educators can address bullying in the classroom through a culture of kindness. Samuel walked us through how to create a kind environment in early learning classrooms, how to talk to young children about difficult topics, and how we can create a learning environment that welcome and support ALL children. Keep reading to access the recording and the slides!
🎤Our Special Guests:
Samuel Broaden- Educator & founder of Honoring Childhood!
Samuel began his career in Child Development in 2005. He always knew that his life’s work was with children. Throughout his career, Samuel has worked in varying positions and aspects of the Child Development field. From being a teacher in classrooms with Infants to School-Age children, to directing various child care centers, to working as a Quality Coach for Family Child Care programs and Child Care Centers, a Forest Kindergarten Teacher and now as a Director of a Montessori Program and owner and Founder of Honoring Childhood. Through his work, Samuel has cultivated his own philosophy for how children grow and learn, which is deeply rooted in the importance of nature and the joy of allowing children to discover who they truly are. Through Honoring Childhood, Samuel hopes to inspire teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, friends and the world to think differently about childhood and what it means and to work together to create a more kind and beautiful world. He currently resides in Oregon with his husband, Perry and their dogs Oliver and Baby Bear Bear.
🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Samuel!
- Pillars of a kind classroom include; mutual respect, mistakes, community, support, consent, trust, cooperation, freedom, honest, and love.
- To be a leader in a kind classroom we need to be engaging in self-reflection so we can truly understand the things we are saying, thinking and doing. This allows us to work towards being the educator we want to be.
- As the educator, you are where the culture of the classroom starts. The way you set up, manage and create an atmosphere in your classroom all contribute to the culture.
- Child-led learning and play is a huge part of creating a kind classroom. It emphasizes that we trust children, and that we are here to guide them through their learning.
- Creating a kind classroom requires educators to be brave and to advocate for all the children in their room.
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