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10  Chapter 1 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Reflecting on My Work Do any of these ideas resonate with you? Circle the responses that do. I’m an early childhood teacher. I think of my work as very stimulating very significant It’s as if I’m an air traffic controller, trying to keep everyone on a track and prevent collisions a gardener, tilling the soil and planting the seeds for a love of learning I spend hours filling out forms and filling out the required documentation, not to mention getting materials ready for activities thinking and reflecting on what has unfolded in my room and what I can do next with the children There’s so little time and we have to take advantage of every moment so children can learn the skills that will help them feel good about themselves in school for children to play and slip into the wonder of childhood, to splash through puddles, feel powerful in their bodies, and pursue their questions in meaningful ways COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL