Thursday, May 28, 2015

Early Childhood Quotes

When researching something that we want to attain to, it's really important to have some good quotes from professionals that we can hold on to. Below are some quotes about early childhood that I've come across the last few weeks that have stood out to me.

"If teachers wish someone else would teach certain students, or if they express the belief that some students are incapable of succeeding in the class, what is the likelihood that they are continuing to problem solve to help these students succeed?"
-Marilyn Friend

"Because all students are different, classrooms need many options to facilitate student learning"
-Marilyn Friend

"The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity."
-Maria Montessori

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
-Maria Montessori

"Passion comes from within each of us; it cannot be imposed or mandated from outside. At the same time, it compels us to move outside, to engage with the world around us."
-John Hagel

"It was discovered that the preschool years are the critical, they are the most fundamental period when in fact children are noticing who they are and are noticing the attitudes and stereotypes and the discomforts and positive messages about their skin color, their racial identity, their ethnic identity and so on."
-Louise Derman-Sparks

"We as professionals in the early childhood field have an opportunity to shape a child's life for the better."
-Sandy Escobido

"I'm not here to save the world, I'm here just to make a difference in the community that I'm working."
-Raymond Hernandez

Out of all of the quotes above I think the one that sticks out to me the most is Raymond Hernandez's quote. Sometimes when we start thinking through new ideas we want to change everything and everyone, but we need to remember that we really need to focus on the kids and people that we have a direct impact on. 

What is your favorite quote about early childhood?

1 comment:

  1. I responded already; however, I am not seeing it. Maria Montessori says, "Never help a child at a task at which he feels he can succeed." When I first entered into the child care field this was very difficult for me, as I saw a child struggle I immediately wanted to help them. It goes without saying that by me helping them I was not helping them. I later began to realize that as I took a step backwards I was providing them the help that they needed as a challenge was being provided for them, it allowed them to show their skills and think critically.