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Lecture Series 2013
Join our facilitator Gillian Fitzgerald for her lecture in July on dispositions.
Hamilton: 9 July 2013, 7-9pm, SG.01, Waikato University. (read more)
Auckland: 16 July 2013, 7 - 9pm, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre (J1), Epsom Campus, University of Auckland. (read more)
New article by Lynn Rupe- Toku Reo Toku Ohooho - My Language My Awakening
How can you use language to support your Māori
and Pasifika children? What is the difference between 'equality' and 'equity'? Lynn's latest article will answer these questions and more.
Download Lynn's article from our resource page here.
Latest Newsletter Out Now
Our latest newsletter is a special bicultural issue.
Download this and previous newsletters from our resource page here.
New article by Alison Brierley - Passionately interested in planning. (Still)
Do you struggle
with the meaning of the word 'planning' and struggle finding ways to evidence planning in your practice? Then Alison Brierley's latest article on planning might just be the right resource for you.
Download Alison's article from our resource page here.
Lecture Series 2013, July & August lectures
We had to swap the topics for our July and August lectures, so our schedule is now as follows:
July: Gillian Fitzgerald, ‘Dispositions’ isn’t a dirty word - Strengthening learning partnerships
August: Alison Brierley, ‘What colour is your lunchbox?’ - Moving past the inane into genuine, respectful interactions with children (and adults)
Follow these links for more information on our Auckland lectures or our Hamilton lectures.
We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause.
Understanding the Te Whāriki approach -
new book by Wendy Lee, Margaret Carr, Brenda Soutar and Linda Mitchell
This book is a source of information for everyone wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Te Whāriki approach. It will enable you to analyse the essential elements of this approach and its relationship to quality early years practice.
The book explores all areas of the curriculum, emphasising:
You can purchase this new book through fishpond.co.nz.
- strong curriculum connections to families and the wider community
- a view of teaching and learning that focuses on responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things
- a view of curriculum content as cross-disciplinary and multi-modal
- the aspirations for children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators
- a bicultural framework in which indigenous voices have a central place.
In-centre support opportunities
Have you heard of our in-centre professional learning opportunities? Our facilitators can work alongside your team and support you in your focus on a particular topic.
In-centre support can include: tailored workshops, one-to-one mentoring, specific coaching etc.
Have a look at Jo Colbert's and Alison Brierley's in-centre programmes and read more here.
We are starting a new section on
our website that is dedicated to Learning Stories.
Click here to read some examples of Learning Stories written by thoughtful, passionate and caring teachers
from throughout New Zealand.
Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee - Learning Stories: Constructing Learner Identities in Early Education
What a fabulous read! Any practitioner already engaged in collating learning stories or learning journey as a means of recording children's achievements and progress should absorb this life-enriching read of a beautiful book.
The philosophy behind learning journeys/ stories is clearly outlines in this fully colour photo-illustrated book, underpinned by the latests findings from research projects.
Featuring examples of practice (...)this fascinating book demonstrates the philosophy behind this pedagogical tool for documenting how children's learning identities evolve and are constructed and why they are so effective in positively forming young children's learning dispositions.
Review by Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator (14) 3, July 2012
You can order this book through websites such as fishpond or The Book Depository.
Back row, left: Lynn Rupe, Lorraine Sands, Gillian Fitzgerald, Jo Colbert, Carol Marks
Front row, left: Kathryn Delany, Wendy Lee, Robyn Lawrence, Alison Brierley
To learn more about our facilitators click here