Reply To: Trainer Monitored Discussion -“Serve and Return” in classrooms

  • Scion

    November 26, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Honestly, if you’re engaged in your children and what they’re doing, this serving and returning concept really just takes care of itself. At least in my experience, the serving and returning manifests in the way one communicates and interacts with the children. It’s how I naturally respond to them. I think it’s really important to us as care providers and early learning teachers to remember to talk TO and WITH the children, not just AT them. And giving them a chance to response! They aren’t like little pets we make commands to and survey all day, they’re tiny people who deserved to be treated and talked to as they are–people! And just like how we talk to any other person, we put in our input, and wait for a response! Sometimes it takes a while to get a response, or maybe we don’t get a response at all, but we can rest easy knowing that connections of all sorts are being made in the minds we choose to interact with in a dynamic and intentional way.