Hi, I'm Robbin!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Robbin began her undergraduate career at Brandeis University with a concentration in literature. After her sophomore year, she took a break from her studies, and traveled overseas to Israel, first studying Hebrew, living and working on a kibbutz, and then moving to Jerusalem where she continued to study literature and theatre arts at Hebrew University, and completed her BA with high honors. When she returned to the United States, she enrolled at the Swedish Institute, and became licensed as a massage therapist, and certified as an infant massage instructor. She subsequently received a master's degree in Waldorf education (for teaching grades 1 - 8) from Sunbridge College, and then completed a 13-month certification in teaching children under the age of 3. She worked as a teacher in the Music Together program for 11 years, created her own infant massage program for parents in 1998, (and continues to teach it independently) and was lead teacher in the parent-child program at Brooklyn Waldorf School for 10 years. She also led and further developed the bridge program for four years at the Brooklyn Waldorf School. She is currently offering her own program in Prospect Park for families with young children.
What is your philosophy and approach to behavioral management? I have found that children sometimes just need an adult to be close by when they are struggling with another child. Being available to step in can be the reassurance that a child needs to work things out on his own. When I see that children are at an impasse, and don't have a way to proceed, I intervene by first stating what I see happening (eg. "two children want to play with the same toy"), and setting boundaries, if necessary, with direct language (eg. "you may not hit"). Sometimes children can be redirected to another activity, but they may need support in just waiting for their chance to play with the toy they want. I keep in mind that the best way to teach a child is by example, and strive to be that model worthy of imitation.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? Always striving to be a model worthy of imitation, not just in the classroom, but in my life -- being generous of spirit, compassionate and patient. And never pretending to know something. I believe it's important to take time to consider an answer, and letting the person know that I need to do so.
What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a teacher? Remember that your students are your best teachers.
In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses? True learning occurs in the human being through engagement with the world and other human beings, in experiences that touch the soul. It cannot be measured by units of information.
How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment? Be the change you want to see in the world!!!
Credentials. LMT (licensed massage therapist); CIMI (certified infant massage instructor)