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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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The educable animal

Peter Gray describes humans as ‘the educable animal’ (p.112) and I found this really interesting, because humans are also described as the storytelling animal… but storytelling is one way in which we meet our educational needs (in terms of education … 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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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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Spaces for children

“Young children bring their bodies with them wherever they go, and the physical development is a critical aspect of cognitive, social, and emotional development.” (p.56) “Young children learn with their whole bodies, in motion. If we limit their activity, we … Continue reading

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Learning environments and the community

I really enjoyed thinking about this question posed by Deb Curtis in her Designs for Living and Learning: “What natural materials are found in our community, yet missing in our program?” (p.94)   Ref: (bold blue emphases mine) Deb Curtis … Continue reading

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