Recently I started teaching Pilates sessions again. I have been certified since 2006—the summer before my father passed away—I love you Dad! Thanks for always believing in me!—and have been teaching on and off ever since.
I am thrilled to be teaching again. By helping others work their core muscles, I am using a “muscle” (well, many muscles) that has been lying dormant for a few years. And with that dormancy, a part of myself has not felt alive.
Teaching Pilates and/or yoga (I am also a certified yoga instructor) makes me feel like I am following my calling, like I am whole.
At this same time, I am studying emergent curriculum as a preschool teacher. A model which is child-centered, and very much focused on creativity and bringing out each child’s unique potential.
I watch as both these journeys unfold simultaneously:
I see myself emerging.
I see emergent curriculum as an incredible new tool to learn about as an early childhood educator.