Mentoring is a professional development strategy intentionally developed to bridge the gap between professional vision and actual practices. How Does Learning Happen? emphasizes “When educators engage in continuous professional learning and questioning, exploring new ideas and adjusting practices, they achieve the best outcomes for children, families, and themselves (How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, Page 20). When educators engage in critical reflection, it offers opportunities to look at multiple perspectives, question practices that are repetitive and predictable and focus on modifying practices that honour the rights of children.
“Pedagogical leaders build capacity in others while modelling reflective practice and ensuring quality-learning experiences for both children and adults. Investing in the development of leaders is critical and essential for enhancing quality. As a community, we are committed to offering opportunities and resources that will build strong pedagogical leaders across the sector.” (The Quality Child Care Coordinating Committee Strategic Plan 2016-2018).
This blog is a place for early learning professionals and students to inspire each other, reflect on their experiences and to inquire by asking; Why we are doing what we are doing? We do this in the spirit of John Dewey (1938) who says; “we do not learn from experience-we learn from reflecting on experience.” and Donald Schön (1983) who suggests that the capacity to reflect on action and to engage in a process of continuous learning is a defining characteristics of professional practice
Mentor Appreciation Event
On April 5, 2018 Ryan and Yaxin, ECL students at Fanshawe College, created this video to showcase the students voice regarding their mentoring experiences. Thank you to Fanshawe College and the students for allowing us to share your impactful messages.
Fanshawe College has highlighted the event on their website: https://www.fanshawec.ca/programs-and-courses/academic-schools/school-community-studies/ece-mentorship-appreciation-event