Category Archives: Questions

A good question – the image of the child

“Make a list of five materials that you regularly provide to children. What values and images of children do these materials suggest?” (P.57) “Choose a typical material in your room and observe how the children use it. Draw on the … Continue reading

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Reflective questions about information sharing and accessing specialists

And again with the reflective questions, this time from Quality in Action: Te Mahi Whai Hua: “How does our service promote a regular, two-way flow of information between educators and parents/whanau? How effective are the records we maintain on each child? … Continue reading

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Still more reflective questions

The first of the three Learning Media videos on putting Te Whariki into practice poses the following reflective questions: “What is my understanding of the historical context of Te Whariki, and what does this mean for my practice today? What … Continue reading

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More questions for reflection

More reflective questions from the booklet of one of the Ministry of Education videos on putting Te Whariki into practice (quoted below): “Reflect on your own practice. What does your practice tell you about your own “image of the child”? … Continue reading

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Questions for reflection

In the booklet that accompanies the video, Empowerment to Learn: Whakamana ki te Ako, there are some questions for reflection posed (quoted below): Reflect on your own practice. What does your practice tell you about your image of infants and … Continue reading

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Timing teaching

“Early childhood education, like all education, is a deliberate intervention in the lives of young children. It results from a belief that children growing up naturally might not come to know all the things we want them to know.” ~ … Continue reading

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A good question

“Is it possible to legislate for fairness and still allow children to be creative and free in their fantasy play?” ~ Trisha Lee Ref: (p.125) Trisha Lee ‘The Wisdom of Vivian Gussin Paley’, pp.119-132 Eds. Linda Miller & Linda Pound … Continue reading

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BLOOM’S TAXONOMY AND THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF QUESTIONS

Just thinking about questions and questioning in the classroom – I liked this set of prompts, titled ‘BLOOM’S TAXONOMY AND THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF QUESTIONS’ http://www.nmmu.ac.za/cyberhunt/bloom.htm The author of this page writes: “As teachers and as people part of the … Continue reading

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Different ways of questioning

Wellington and Osborne on questioning again… “It is …useful to consider and classify the various types of question used by teachers during classroom dialogue. Some are closed questions having only one acceptable answer, e.g. ‘what is the organ which pumps blood … Continue reading

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Self-review guidelines

There are some questions I really like in the Ministry of Education’s publication on ECE self-review (my notes are from the 2006 publication, but it is available online too): How well does our practice empower children to learn and grow? … Continue reading

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