Julia Child  

Topics for Exploration and Study

You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.

The topics below reflect my professional focus and are aspects of teaching and leadership that we might explore and study together.  I invite you to use them as a starting point when considering the specific interests, questions, and goals that are most relevant to you and your context.  I am a Certified Gateways Registry Trainer and can offer workshops for that provide Gateways professional development credit hours.

 

WITH TEACHERS…

  • Exploring social-constructivist philosophy and the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education

  • Valuing and embracing families as partners in their children's educational experience

  • Creating engaging, intentional, and welcoming learning environments

  • Asking questions that stimulate deep conversations and provide insight into children's thinking

  • Using the documentation process to guide curriculum development and to make learning visible

  • Initiating and facilitating in-depth explorations

  • Incorporating nature as an integral part of daily classroom life

  • Exploring watercolor, clay, wire, and design as “languages” to express thinking and creativity

  • Fostering literacy through Vivian Paley’s approach to storytelling and story acting

  • Supporting mathematical thinking beyond numbers and counting

  • Discovering scientific principles through playful experimentation

 

WITH ADMINISTRATORS…

  • Supporting teachers’ professional growth and development

  • Creating a culture of collaboration and dialogue

  • Developing and communicating an organization's philosophy, values, and goals

  • Building trusting relationships with children, teachers, families, and governing boards

  • Identifying and developing ones leadership philosophy and style

  • Balancing the visionary, educational, and administrative aspects of a leadership role

Ways of Working Together

 Our job is too difficult and too beautiful to do alone.

 Amelia Gambetti

Our work together can take many forms, including:

  • workshops ranging from one hour to a full day

  • classroom observations and participation

  • individualized work with teachers and teaching teams

  • parent workshops and presentations

  • leadership support and mentoring

 

Our collaboration could be a single event, a series of experiences, or an ongoing professional relationship in either a remote or in-person format.  I welcome the opportunity to talk with you.  Please use the link below to begin our conversation.

mary@marywbell.com

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