Workshops 2019

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Unpacking Te Whāriki 2017

An ELP workshop series for 2019

Don Rowlands Events Centre, Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge

"Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work” 


This series of workshops will support teachers to unpack Te Whāriki 2017.  We have broken the series down into mornings where you have the opportunity to attend two workshops on each date.  Over the year we will be covering many of the new ideas within Te Whāriki, one small bite size at a time.  

Two workshops will be repeated over two sessions on the following dates:

Dispostional learning and working theories

Assessment, planning and evaluation

Pathways to school and local curriculum


Session one: 9:00am-10:45am
Session two: 11:15am-1:00pm

Cost: $90.00 per event

Saturday 18 May with Wendy Lee and Lorraine Sands:

Workshop One: Being a learner in the 21st Century: A closer look at Building Learning Power and Dispositions
Presented by Wendy Lee

Learning Stories are New Zealand’s unique assessment practice. This idea emerged out of the first research carried out specifically to consider what might assessment look like now we have Te Whāriki. Te Whāriki (2017) states “Narrative forms of assessment, such as Learning Stories, may make use of a formative assessment sequence of noticing, recognising and responding recording and revisiting valued learning”.  Learning dispositions are critical for encouraging valued learning in the 21st century and this view has been strengthened in Te Whāriki (2017). 

In this workshop we will be focusing on how we as kaiako can support children’s view of themselves as confident and capable learners through the documentation of Learning Stories. We will take a closer look at dispositions and consider what learning is going on in children’s learning episodes, with a view to deepening the learning analysis of the Learning Story.  We will also look at what Guy Claxton calls a split screen in relation to analysing our Learning Stories. There will also be opportunities for people to raise questions and discuss issues.

Workshop Two: Children's working theories: Do you let me fly?
Presented by Lorraine Sands

Can my ideas be the focus of my play? Can I choose the time and space for this to happen? Can I be with the people that are important to me?

Children’s learning identities flourish when they can pursue their working theories because Children who are ‘up for challenge’ realise that anything worth doing takes time, effort, patient exploration and a willingness to explore possibilities.

This doesn’t mean that learning happens easily. In the process, children build an understanding of themselves as learners who don’t give up; as learners who like to trial new approaches and as learners who enjoy the stimulation of tricky challenging goals with and alongside their friends. 

Children’s curiosity to explore and understand their world is strengthened when they can do this in a richly resourced environment with teachers who are finely tuned in to their interests, energies and passions.

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An outline of what will be covered on each date throughout the year:

17 August 2019

We will cover topics that are always of great interest to teachers - assessment, planning and evaluation.  Michelle Flower will talk about assessment & planning and Tania Bullick will discuss evaluation.  We want to ensure that everything we do in ECE is meaningful, so what does it mean to have useful assessment, planning and evaluation?  "Assessment is formative, intended to support curriculum planning and enhance learning.” This inspirational morning will support teachers to understand how to plan and evaluate in ways that are meaningful and support individual children’s learning.

2 November 2019

We will cover Pathways to School and Local Curriculum, both new terms in Te Whāriki 2017.  Carol Marks will unpack the view of Te Whāriki on pathways to school while Lynn Rupe will ask the questions - what does local curriculum mean and what would you weave into your own local curriculum?

Full workshop titles and blurbs will be released soon.

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