This means that you need to learn about your own “Self” and learn to acknowledge “You” with all your own needs so that you can then provide the open space and to actually be aware of the little person in front of you and what they need right now. To hide from our own selves and not do the big work of reconciling our own shadows and confronting our own monsters, is to restrict and remain closed to our students. For a real compassionate and nurturing educational process, we must learn to work with Acknowledgement Principles.
Whether you are a parent or a teacher, the process of acknowledgment of your own and the child’s learning journey is fundamental to being a successful and developmentally aware educator of children. I have worked with many teachers and parents over the years and in the process, I have developed a set of Acknowledgement Principles for anyone working with children, to see as core practices to enhance their skills. To fully delve into this practice investigate below.
Explore the 5 Acknowledgment Principles
We learn with our learners, notice how we connect
To fully appreciate the child’s needs we need to stay open
Each moment in our interactions is precious and important
Sometimes the toughest thing is to face our own fears that working with children can trigger
Learning to both acknowledge our own needs and those of the child in front of us, that’s the goal