Memory, Truth, and Wishes

Recent conversations in our Educators’ Neighborhood community have invited layers of stories about what children are processing right now in their talk, play, artwork, wondering, worries, dreams, and wishes. Conversations also reveal what adults (families, educators, neighbors) are processing about their own ways of seeing, understanding, and talking about the world, and how educators are doing their best listen to...

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As You Are

I like you as you are Exactly and precisely I think you turned out nicely And I like you as you are (from “I Like You As You Are”) “I like you as you are” is one of the most salient messages educators name in discussions about how Fred Rogers’ work resonates with their practice. It’s a message their students need to hear. It’s a...

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Beautiful Gifts

School year 2020-21 was a year of wide-ranging and significant everything. Full of layered emotions and experiences existing between the ever-collapsing dichotomies of together-alone, 2D-3D, right-wrong, real-unreal, then-now, time-no time, nowhere-here. The stories we tell about our learnings of this time will be revealed as we take care to process and reflect together. What we think we’ve learned likely will be...

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Fred Rogers’ Methodology of Beingness

I recently read a description of strong relationships as those built on a foundation where each person potentiates the other. I love thinking of potential in this practice-based way. We can tap into the expansiveness of this idea and know at a deep level what it means, how it feels when someone sees us fully, allows us to grow as,...

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What do you notice?

Press play on any episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and you’ll find yourself invited to slow down and notice something. Settle in, take your time, look carefully, listen deeply. The beautiful slowness in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes is not simply for the sake of being slow. The slowness allows depth to grow from the simplicity of noticing. Look at one thing,...

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On the Importance of Slowing Down

On December 1, the Fred Rogers Center hosted a webinar on The Importance of Slowing Down featuring a panel of educators from Educators’ Neighborhood. During the 90-minute conversation, educators shared a wealth of ideas about why slowing down is important for children and for the educator-helpers who work in organizations that support children’s learning and care. Our discussion was anchored in the...

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The Power of “I don’t know.”

One of my favorite songs by Fred Rogers is “Did You Know?” Did you know? Did you know? Did you know that it's all right to wonder? Did you know that it's all right to wonder? There are all kinds of wonderful things! Did you know? Did you know? Did you know that it's all right to marvel? Did you know that it's all right to marvel? There...

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Remote Learning Lessons from Mister Rogers

As schools search for ways to educate children this school year, my heart reminds me to slow down to notice for what’s already here. We have a beautiful example of how to inspire joyful, curious learning through a screen. That example is Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I study Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood [MRN] and work with teachers in Educators’ Neighborhood. We look to...

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Hope from the Helpers of Educators’ Neighborhood

Our educators of the neighborhood were in full swing in their classrooms in March, ready with next episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to play, and creative ideas to try out with their students. Then, schools closed. Now, they remain closed. In challenging times, Fred Rogers is often quoted saying something he learned from his mother: “Look for the helpers. There are...

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