Lessons from the Bowerbird: How to Create Inspiring and Purposeful Environments for Young Children


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 3.49.01 PMAlthough a bird may seem like an unlikely role model for teachers, the bowerbird, a small native of New Guinea, has lots to teach us about early childhood classroom design. Spending countless hours searching, collecting, and decorating, the male bowerbird beautifies his habitat with broken bits of colorful glass, shiny gum wrappers, tiny morsels of beautiful berries, and multicolored bits of string and yarn. Sandra Duncan helped attendees learned four lessons from the bowerbird on how to create inspiring and purposeful environments for young children: Be a curator; Seek beauty and purpose; Be finicky; Create environments of importance. After viewing this edWeb.net webinar presented by the Classroom Management for Early Learning community, you will be able to: describe at least two strategies for being a curator of young children’s work; list at least two ways to de-commercialize classroom walls through child-made displays; outline the three-step process for creating environments of purpose and importance.

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Classroom Management for Early Learning is a free online professional learning community (PLC) that helps early childhood educators share resources, tools, best practices and more to help them create healthy, creative and happy learning environments that support early learning and child development. The community hosts online discussions that make it easy for educators to stay connected over time with fellow teachers to share ideas, practices, examples, and lesson plans.  The community is a growing resource center with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. This program is sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company.

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