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Meet the Amplifiers (next time it could be you!)

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You don’t have to be a professional journalist to write for Amplify, you just need to have a story to share with your colleagues across Australia and in many other parts of the world where work with children in valued.  We’ve had so many stories shared in the past year of publication – hard edged provocations that have made some people squirm and others cheer; softer reflections on practice and shared experience, and stories that brought some fun into your day or some news into your feed.

From time to time we tap one of our Amplify writers on the shoulder and ask them three questions about their experience.  See what these three Amplifiers – Su, Doreen and Danielle – have to say about the experience of sharing their story with 20,000+ readers.  Maybe you’ll decide to join the dozens of educators who have become Amplify guest writers, too.

Danielle’s story

Danielle Bopping
Danielle Bopping

Danielle Bopping has worked in a variety of early childhood settings, with children aged 0-12 years, in Australia, England, Ireland and Thailand.  Currently she works part-time as a preschool teacher and teaches the Cert III and Diploma of Early Education and Care to foreign language students.

Why did you write for us?

Initially I wrote for Amplify as an extended response to a question that was posted on the CELA facebook page. It provided provocation and sparked the urge to expand my thoughts on the topic through writing.

What happened after your stories were published?

Having the stories published was a great way to connect and network with other educators who shared the same experiences, thoughts or feelings about the different topics. It also provided a springboard for further discussions and reflection with my colleagues. It is interesting to see the varied responses to the articles I have written. It is a wide audience that connect with Amplify and there will always be different topics that resonate with some parts of the audience more than others.

Did the process of writing for the Amplify audience have any effect on the way you or your colleagues thought about your topics you presented?

The Style over Substance article had a much bigger response than expected and I was asked by the Director of the centre I worked for if she could share it with my colleagues and the families in the centre.

Doreen’s story

Doreen Blyth
Doreen Blyth

Doreen Blyth is an education and care consultant from Western Australia who writes daily for the Educational Leaders Association. Doreen’s early articles questioned whether OSHC was the ‘neglected middle child’ of the sector, and challenged us to consider the role of Educational Leader as a ‘revolution’.

Why did you decide to write for us?

Communication is the missing link to becoming universally recognised as a profession – and having our work valued as such by government, agencies, employers, parents and the community.

We know that we are part of something big. If we do our job right, a child will have the best possible start in life. Multiply that by the more than 1 million children across the country who attend our services each week, and that impact is amplified exponentially.

We do this. So, why don’t we get the recognition? The answer has many elements – but underpinning almost all of the elements is that we don’t talk enough about what we do – to parents, to the community, to each other.

I travel a lot, working with all service types, all ownership structures, across metropolitan, rural and regional areas. I consult on educational leadership and on the National Quality Framework – and I collect stories as I go. I hear about and see some extraordinary practice that isn’t understood by families, it isn’t known about in a service 1 block away, let alone across the community or in government.

If we communicate, if share our stories, we learn from each other.  When doing this we are actively rehearsing and refining our professional language – then we will be better able to communicate about what we do with parents, the community, assessors and with government.

That’s why I wrote for Amplify.

What happened after your stories were published?

As I said, I travel across the country. When I shared what had been published, educators began asking questions, asking for more stories, challenging me to share why their everyday practice makes for valuable stories.

Did the process of writing for the Amplify audience have any effect on the way you or your colleagues thought about your topics you presented?

In these exchanges, we have built new ideas about being a profession, how to talk about the things we do and why, and rethink what a profession can achieve. I now have people send me their stories. I hope that continues.

For me? It has strengthened my resolve. Maybe that’s why I write for Amplify!

What about you? Is it time that you wrote for Amplify?

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