Workshops that encourage, inspire and empower

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Saturday 8 September, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Quality Hotel, 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell

$80.00 (including GST) per teacher

We invite teachers to come and join us for a jam-packed morning of inspiration! Four of our Professional Learning Facilitators will be presenting workshops throughout the morning and you will have the option to attend two of the four workshops on offer.

Please read below for all workshop options, or click HERE to download a flyer for printing.

To book your spot click HERE and select the Auckland workshops tab.



8:30am - 9:00am   Registration
9:00am - 10:45am   Scene setting and Workshop Session 1- attendees to choose one workshop from options 1-4
10:45am - 11:00am   Break (morning tea can be purchased at the on-site cafe)
11:00am - 12:30pm   Workshop Session 2 - attendees to choose one workshop from options 1-4



Workshop Options - attendees to select two workshops from the list below

Presented by Harriet O’Sullivan

‘It must not be forgotten that the basic law of children’s creativity is that its value lies not in its results, not in the product of creation, but in the process itself. It is not important what children create, but that they do create, that they exercise and implement their creative imagination’ - Vygotsky
This workshop will explore how provocations and invitations to play can create spaces full of curiosity, awe and wonder. It’s time to leave behind the product-focused activities and inspire our tamariki to wonder about the world around them. We will look at how provoking curiosity is important not only for our tamariki but also for us as kaiako as we learn, play, wait, watch and wonder alongside them. Let’s help inspire the creators, inventers and doers of the future! 

Presented by Kathryn Delany

Being present is not as easy as you might think! How often have you arrived somewhere and suddenly realised that you have very little recollection of the journey? Or maybe you reach for that cup of tea only to discover you have already drunk it? Where were you? Resources are important, environment, well thought out teaching philosophies etc etc, however, unless teachers are engaged and present with children in real and authentic ways all the beautiful things are not worth much. In this workshop, we will explore growing presence, responsiveness, mindfulness and intention in our teaching lives. 

Presented by Anita Homewood 

Te Whāriki (2017) describes curriculum “to include all the experiences, activities and events, both direct and indirect, that occur within the ECE setting”(p7). When we think about what happens for children everyday, mealtimes are often seen as something to get through. Yet, as a moment that children experience at least three times a day, mealtimes can be an opportunity for learning. This workshop will look at creating meaningful mealtimes, for infants, toddlers and young children. 

Presented by Marianne MacPherson

When thinking about social competence I think about the view we hold of children. Te Whāriki holds the view of children as capable and competent. This view is about understanding the importance of mana. In this workshop we will consider the view we hold of children and the ways in our everyday practice we uphold their mana which sits at the heart our curriculum, Te Whāriki.

To book your spot now click HERE and select the Auckland workshops tab.





Te Whāriki 2017: Unpacking Assessment, Planning and Evaluation




What does Te Whāriki say about Assessment, Planning and Evaluation?


This series of workshops will run across Auckland during September and October and will help teachers to further unpack Te Whāriki 2017, in terms of Assessment, Planning and Evaluation. There will be three parts to this series and it is recommended that teachers attend all three workshops where possible.

$55.00pp per workshop
$150.00 - book for all three workshops and save!
(prices include GST)


To download a flyer for printing click here

To book click here to visit our website and select the Auckland Workshops tab



Part One: Assessment

Key elements of assessment and learning stories - Te Whāriki (2017) writes of assessment being a “mana-enhancing process for all children, parents and whānau.” In this workshop we will look at the narrative approach to assessment through learning stories where we unpack and give heart to the formative assessment sequence of noticing, recognising and responding to valued learning.


Part Two: Exploring dispositions

A closer look at Learning Dispositions and the Language of Learning - We will focus on the analysis of learning as it relates to the narrative. We will discuss and develop reflective writing, shifts in children's thinking and making teaching and learning visible. Along with a focus  on dispositions and what learning is happening here we  will also look at how we, as teachers, can support children’s view of themselves as learners through the conversations we have and language we use with children. We will be drawing on the work of Guy Claxton and Margaret Carr  and look at how the language we use can help our children to build their learning power!


Part Three: Designing our curriculum

Building complexity and continuity using learning stories, planning stories and evaluation - In this workshop we will be looking at planning for individual children as well as for groups of children. We will look at Planning Stories or Stories of Interest that draw together Learning Stories, teacher reflection and intentions, community involvement, child, parent and whānau voice. They enable us to break through the chains of the old ways of planning and build a community of learners. 


All workshops will be held in five areas of Auckland, running from 3:30-5:30pm and again from 6:00pm-8:00pm on the dates below. Scroll down to see the venues - you can choose which session you would like to attend when you book on our website.

North Shore – at Kawai Purapura, 14 Mills Lane, Albany

Part One: Assessment - 13/9/18

Part Two: Dispositions - 27/9/28

Part Three: Curriculum - 4/10/18


Central Auckland – at St Columba, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby

Part One: Assessment - 11/9/18

Part Two: Dispositions - 18/9/18

Part Three: Curriculum - 25/9/18


East Auckland – at Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga

Part One: Assessment - 20/9/18

Part Two: Dispositions - 2/10/18

Part Three: Curriculum - 17/10/18


South Auckland – at PAPSDA, 16 Puhinui Road, Manukau

Part One: Assessment - 10/9/18

Part Two: Dispositions - 17/9/18

Part Three: Curriculum - 24/9/18


West Auckland – at HubWest, 29 Corbin Ave, Henderson

Part One: Assessment - 10/9/18

Part Two: Dispositions - 17/9/18

Part Three: Curriculum - 24/9/18


To book your spot now click here and select the Auckland workshops tab


Who said 'good is good'?

Presented by Lynn Rupe

Tuesday 28 August 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tauranga Rowing Club, Memorial Park, off Devonport Road, Tauranga 

$55.00 per teacher

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Guy Claxton wrote, “We are built to learn by imitation.  Evolution has equipped us with brains that are designed from the moment of birth to do what people around us are doing.”  The questions are then; what are we modelling? what are we teaching by just being?  Thoughts and ideas that hopefully will provoke discussion and reflection about the messages we are giving children moment by moment.  Discussion that may leave you wondering ‘who is my authentic self’.

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Tinkering with ideas

Presented by Lynn Rupe

Wednesday 5 September, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Papamoa Library, 15 Gravatt Road

$80.00 per teacher

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Come prepared to tinker!!!!  The morning provides time to tinker with both your hands and your thoughts.  As children and teachers tinker with ideas they build their  creative muscle and a sense of camaraderie.   Learning should not be emotionally flat - what can help us as teachers to make learning come alive?  We will look at the ideas from Simon Nicholson’s Theory of Loose Parts, Gever Tulley’s Tinkering School and Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power to consider how we support children’s holistic learning inside the Te Whāriki framework.  As you tinker you will be challenged to think about the big question of 21st Century learning and what is different from the last 100 years.  Neither teaching nor learning should be emotionally flat and when teachers connect with their own passions, sense of wonderment, awe, creativity and strengths, then learning becomes deeply engaging for everyone.

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