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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL John Dewey We talked about the hours of preparation we had always put in on nights and weekends when we were young teachers. We were researching community field trip ideas, going to the library for additional books to support the children’s learn- ing, looking in National Geographic and other magazines for photos that would authentically extend the subject matter we were involved in. It never occurred to us that when we walked out of our workplace our job was done. We are both passion- ate advocates of worthy wages for early childhood teachers and for expanded benefits and paid planning time. We are also educators who believe teaching is a passionate calling involving hours of preparation and planning that cannot pos- sibly be fit into the workday. In his book My Pedagogic Creed, Dewey references the need for teachers to teach children how to live in society. He believed that teachers shape society as well as individual chil- dren by what they do. A fine example of how this is currently being done is Head Start’s I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) program. The program meets the individual as well as general needs of young children to learn conceptual information like colors, shapes, letters, and numbers in an active and fun way. At the same time, it addresses a serious societal problem in the United States: childhood obesity. It conveys the importance of good health to children by getting them up and moving and talking about the vegetables referenced in the songs, as well as how much fun it is to dance around to good music while helping their bodies to become strong and fit. An example of extending IMIL to other integrated approaches would be using the Early Sprouts approach by Karrie Kalich, Dottie Bauer, and Deirdre McPartlin for cooking and gardening experiences, also connected to taking good care of our bodies. John Dewey supported parents at a time when the United States was transitioning from an agricultural to an indus- trial age. Had someone mentioned “going green” to Dewey, 31 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL