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Child Care Bar And Grill

By Explorations Early Learning

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A humorous, informative, and slightly irreverent podcast for child care providers and other early learning professionals hosted by authors, speakers, and play advocates, Lisa Murphy and Jeff A Johnson.

Customer Reviews

Meaningful and strong content, challenging delivery

Let me start by saying I have been a fan of Lisa Murphy, aka the Ooey Gooey Lady, for years. I have watched her on YouTube, follow her Facebook page, and wholeheartedly support her message and philosophy of following the child and opening our hearts and minds when we teach. She is a powerful woman with brilliant insights into the world of early childhood education.

So five stars for the message. And -2 stars for the judgmental delivery and lack of focus.

To explain, sometimes the delivery of the message on this podcast can be a little off putting. The show is often frought with what feels like judgment and shaming of the other side, those that remain steadfast in their belief that teachers should teach and lead, while children should follow. Even though I agree with Lisa and Jeff and Denita (the show hosts) emphatically, I don’t believe that the best way to affect change is to get self-righteous and judgmental toward people who aren’t doing it our way. When I listen to the show, I notice that Lisa often makes efforts to choose her words carefully, and I appreciate this level of tact and thoughtfulness. I am challenged by Jeff’s delivery as it sometimes feels a little pompous and egoic.

As a teacher, this podcast often opens my mind and heart and inspires me in new directions, as long as I can get past the occasional sting of feeling insulted because there are still things I do in my program that they don’t necessarily support. Every so often, Lisa talks about her journey, and the process of growth and change that she has gone through as a teacher, and Denita brings this up from time to time as well, which feels useful. Then it feels like we are all in this together, evolving and becoming better advocates for the children in our lives as we learn more and expand our awareness.

But sometimes, we (the podcast audience) are not “there” yet. And the first step toward change really is in allowing and accepting where we are right now. As a teacher in a parent participation school, I must be mindful and sensitive to the needs and capacities of all of my families, and make compromises for the greater good. So blanket statements about what teachers should and shouldn’t do are hard for me to swallow. Instead, I prefer to hear about what they love and what works for them as high quality, inspired teachers, instead of the incessant bashing of the opposing way. And to be clear, the bashing can sometimes be subtle. It exists in the form of laughing at, mocking, making fun of, screeching, etc. What I wonder sometimes is where is the compassion? It is so very strong and present for the children, but where is it for the teachers and parents who aren’t “there” yet? Why not just focus on the positive?

The lack of focus gets sort of difficult to deal with, too. Sometimes things happen in the studio and the hosts get distracted and it becomes hard to follow. It’s not the tangents that I mind—I sort of love tangents—it’s when someone drops something or is doing something in the studio and instead of just rolling with it and moving on like it never happened, there is some stopping and focusing on it for a longer time than feels necessary, which is distracting from the show’s purpose.

Writing this review was really tricky for me, because I admire and respect the work that Lisa and Jeff and Denita with ferocity. And I have been hungry for a podcast for ece teachers for a very long time. But after thinking about it for a while, I realized that it is exactly for these reasons that it feels important to share my honest feedback.

I will probably go back and listen some more--they had great insights about the importance of letting go of our agenda, thought provoking perspectives on circle times, and explorations of what it means to be a facilitator of play. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow from their experience.

To be fair, I have not listened to the show in several weeks, so some of this may have changed. I still recommend the podcast to others in the field, but I do it less wholeheartedly than I would if these issues were not so persistent.

I love it!!!!

Thank you for doing this. I am like a dry sponge ready to absorb all this info. It is great!!!


Awesome! Thanks for creating these podcasts. They are like therapy sessions.

Child Care Bar And Grill
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  • Category: K-12
  • Language: English

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