teaching to learn, means learning to teach

Role play or Role Learning?

I recently went to a seminar about Cultural Awareness which opened my eyes to more information about the daily lifestyle and roles of family members from cultures  all over the world. One of the comments that stuck with me was related to teaching the parents to understand the Australian Educational System. How much we value Role Play, Learning through research, Individual achievements as well as group discussions. In Australia we value the path which each person travels on as they learn and not just the destination. One comment stuck with me, probably because I’ve seen similar attitudes in many parents over the years, which was that lots of families will disregard pictures their kids drew or painted, buildings that they have made or creations from the sandpit because “That’s not work, that’s play!”

So today I present you with the hard work of being a kid. Of trying to make sense of the world around you, as presented to you through family connections, schools, media and stories.

1. Food needs to be prepared before you eat it. Knives are sharp and stoves are hot.

2. Babies need food, warmth and cuddles.

3. We all need to eat. (And we shouldn’t go into other peoples houses and eat their food without asking. There might me bears in there!)

4. Some jobs just have to be done every day, like making beds or setting up  and cleaning up after meals.

5. It’s important to reach out and connect with other people.

6. It’s important to look after ourselves, eating right, exercising, washing and…..shaving 🙂

7. When we go out in a car, we must always wear our seatbelts.

8. It’s OK to ask for help if you need it.

9. Wearing hats outside protects us from the sun and we should help those who are littler than us!

10. We need to pay for the things we get from the shops.

11. No matter what happens, the wheels will keep on turning.


Comments on: "This post goes all the way up to 11!" (1)

  1. Relly Wall said:

    Hi Cathy

    I so much enjoyed reading your blog…as a fellow educator in early childhood it strikes many chords with me and I can’t wait until you post more. I will be reading them all. Thanks for sharing your insights into your evolution and reflections. Well done!


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