Julia Child  

Topics for Exploration and Study

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

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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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