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Teachers Wear Many Hats (And Gloves)

Teachers are taught to be reflective practitioners. To do so, the teacher must write down her observations. There are many techniques for logging observations and anecdotes, many of which I will describe in future posts. I preferred the the so-called running record. The running record  allows you to record a child's behavior in a narrative format.

I recently dug around in boxes in my basement to find some running records from when I had my day care in 1996. I discovered a very funny log, written by one of my assistants. I believe it exemplifies the challenges and care each early childhood professional gives to her work.

During nap, C. had a bowel movement (BM). Mom mentioned that because of the antibiotics, his BMs are loose. Well, when I went check on him, I saw that he had pulled his pull up down to his knees and had pooped in the crib as well. He also smeared it on his hands, legs and a bit on his face. ABSOLUTELY GROSS! I wrote mom a note about it [this is way before email, WiFi or cell phones were means of communication] but she really did not say much.”

I am not sure what a parent is supposed to say when greeted with a note about a son finger-painting his body and sleep space with his own feces, except maybe, “Thank you, and is there anything I can do to help clean up?”

My assistant had already cleaned everything, and even if she had not yet had a chance to clean the crib, I know she would not have accepted the mom’s help. Nevertheless, these little gestures express empathy, and go a very long way to support the early childhood teacher, especially on days when she checks on a child during nap time and finds more than she expected

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