EDUCA SAVES TIME FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY EDUCATORS
By putting everything online, in one place, one click away, Educa saves time for everyone in a child care or preschool, educators, support staff, directors and the center owner. However, that is only a value if that freed up time is productive.
In particular, educators are always busy. Their time is not their own. And if they do have spare time, their inclination would be to spend it engaging with the children. Which of course, is a great use of a teacher’s time.
However, here is a more complete list of ideas for your educators, productive ways for them to use the time Educa will inevitably create for them, ideas that will help them as professionals and as effective teachers, guides and mentors for the children in your center.
1. Professional Development
There is never enough time for professional development — classes, attending seminars, doing papers, personal reflections. And yet, there is so much power in educators investing in their own skills. It helps them stay in touch with new trends, learn new techniques and invest in themselves, as professionals.
Arguably, the most important letter in the QRIS acronym for the state quality rating movement is the “I” for (continuous) improvement. Improvement is mainly about investing in your staff, professional development and training. Because Educa does save time for educators, we have a dedicated tab for teachers where they can track their professional development and enter personal reflections.
There never seems to be enough time for planning, and yet, there is so much power in having effective plans for individual children or for a class. Educa recently added a successful planning module where plans created inside Educa connect to child profiles.
3. Reflective Practice
The idea of reflective practice, recommended by NAEYC, is gaining traction. It refers to careful observation, thinking about a child’s activities and the forming a response. It is time-consuming, but powerful. In addition, it is extremely satisfying for educators to spend time thinking about how they can best help each and every child. And then seeing those responses help a child.
As noted in this NAEYC paper on reflective practice. the idea comes out of “learning stories,” an approach developed in part by Margaret Carr from New Zealand. Margaret Carr was an early collaborator in the development of Educa. Many of our customers eventually get to reflective practice, easy to do inside Educa.
4. Individualize By Learning More About The Children
Each child has his own story. Understanding family background, culture, interests and learning history can help an educator individualize a program for that child. While this kind of research is part of some early childhood education philosophies, for most educators it’s something they don’t have enough time to get to because of the time it takes.
5. Keeping The Curriculum Current
You are proud of your curriculum and the job your teachers do for your children and parents. But things are always changing, Folks are coming up with new ideas, parent priorities change. Your teachers could productively spend time on research, investigating innovations and techniques, working to continuously tweak your curriculum.
Note, Educa added a curriculum customizing feature, so that any tweaks are instantly available to all teachers.
6. Spend Time With The Children
Of course, this is the main value of spending less time on paper. Once Educa is up and running, they will be appreciate having more time to do what they love the most, spend time with the children.
7. Take A Breath
This is not so much about mindful teaching or other zen techniques. It’s about creating a little bit of personal space, time to refresh. It’s about taking a moment to appreciate the vital importance of your role in the education eco-system. Without a little bit of time to breathe, it’s all one big rush, an unsatisfying stress-filled frenzy that will be over before you know it.
We recommend you and your teachers use some of the time saved by Educa to just breathe. And to feel satisfaction from the positive and profound impact you are having on the children in your care.