I’ve been in the Early Childhood Education Sector in New Zealand since I began studying in 2009. When I studied, instead of spending the majority of time at University attending lectures, I spent two-to-three days a week in an early childhood centre and one day a week in class. Class consisted of discussions with my classmates about what had occurred during the week as well as practical tasks to complete for the following week.
This method of study worked really for me, as I have always needed hands on learning to associate theory with. Some days I would listen to my lectures while knitting, and interestingly enough, that didn’t impede my concentration or absorption of the lecture, but rather enhanced it; it was almost like I was knitting the lecture into my brain.
From my experiences studying to be an Early Childhood Teacher, through my almost ten years of practical teaching experience and my recent study into the neuroscience behind why Move to Learn works, I’m finally understanding the why behind how I learn best.
Knowing that I learn differently to the traditional model of learning has helped me immensely over my teaching career thus far, as it’s given me a unique perspective into how I can better cater to children’s learning needs. Now that I have the theoretical background behind why I need to move in some way to learn best, I’m looking forward to putting this into practice in my teaching and especially looking forward to sharing this with others so they can be inspired too.