Inspire l Inquire l Imagine
Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017
Session Three: 2.15-3.45pm
Presenter: Tania Bullick, ELP
Workshop 22: A bicultural journey
One year ago at the ELP Learning Stories conference, during ELP facilitator, Tania Bullick's Te Whatu Pōkeka, workshop, Kim Callis of Waiau Pa Kindergarten shared the story of a student teacher’s success when using the framework of Te Whatu Pōkeka . Inspired by the student teacher, and supported by Tania Bullick, Kim, Keely and Liz, the Waiau Pa team, embarked on a journey of bicultural development through an inquiry into Te Whatu Pōkeka and the ‘big ideas’ Tania had talked about in that workshop. This presentation outlines that journey, the learning and shifts the team made during that journey, to date, and the meaningful Learning Stories they have written as a result. This has truly been a journey of Inspire, Inquire and Imagine. Tania Bullick is pleased to be able to present the Waiau Pa Kindergarten team’s journey.
I find that teaming up with whānau and listening carefully to children’s preferences grows a programme that reflects the community of learners. This is particularly true of and important in the areas of social competence and bi-cultural development. I have found narrative assessment has the power to happily impact family’s perceptions of their tamariki and of themselves to participate, express their aspirations and be agentic in their children’s education. In this way families and early childhood education becomes mutually constitutive.