A reflective question regarding dispositions…

Another great question from Marion Dowling:

“What areas of learning do I most enjoy, what do I enjoy least? How does this affect the children’s dispositions to learn?” (p.98)

Actually, the others on that page are great, too:

“When working with a group, how do I ensure that all children are actively engaged as opposed to being compliant?

In what activities do children most clearly demonstrate perseverance?

How does our daily timetable help children to concentrate and persist?

How does the layout of my environment encourage children to reflect?” (p.98)

Dowling also notes that: “Young children need lots of opportunities to be spontaneous and to share thoughts and experiences immediately. While adults should be available to allow this immediacy, it is also useful to help children to mull things over and to take time to think.” (p.98)

Ref: Marion Dowling (2005) Young Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Paul Chapman Publishing: London.


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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