Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Thursday, 14 November 2019

A child's name


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We, as educators, are in the very privileged position to work with young children and have a role in helping them evolve into their very best, possible selves.

We teach, we show, we lead by example. In turn, the children learn by doing and by our examples.

Regardless of context, setting and age, one of the most important ways we can show a child that we value their presence and their 'selves' in our teaching and learning environments, is by using their name.

Staring a new position? Getting a new student? Heading on placement? Take the time to familiarise yourself with names first. Names need to precede plans, behaviour concerns, abilities, expectations. Names come first.

Address them. Call them by their name. Value that one little piece of themselves that they have possessed the longest. The first piece of language many of them will have been awarded from day one. The one little word they brought on their journey as theirs.





By using a child's name when you speak with them, you are encouraging them to look.
By using a child's name when you speak with them, you are showing that you value them.
By using a child's name when you speak with them, you are recognising them as an individual.
By using a child's name when you speak with them, you are showing that you care about them.
By using a child's name when you speak with them, you are leading by example, modelling and encouraging them to do the same!

Here's a little poem of mine, which I always found helped with the little ones.


If you think you would find this poem useful in your practice, feel free to download it!


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