What is the Pedagogy of Care?

  • August 4, 2016

As an early childhood teacher are you surprised by the amount of time you spend in caring tasks? Do you ever feel that the dishes you have to wash, the diapers you change, or the noses to wipe are getting in the way of teaching? What if we adopted a new way of thinking about care and incorporated it into our pedagogy. We know that for a young child each moment is a learning opportunity. So each moment of caring for a child holds all the essential components of teaching such as observing, listening, scaffolding, and reciprocity. What would our practice look like if we lifted up the mundane tasks of caring to be valued as educational? How could we define the pedagogy of care?

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