Culture, language and identity: children’s stories woven with teachers’ stories in a bi/multicultural curriculum
In an increasingly globalised world, it becomes imperative for teachers to honour children's individualities, their identities and cultures. One approach to this complex task is through the power of storying, of listening to, telling and writing stories.
Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee have often been asked for a follow-on practical companion to their seminal 2012 book Learning Stories; a complimentary book that provides practical advice for teachers who are embarking on a `narrative assessments-for-learning' journey. After much anticipation that book is here at last!
As a cultural event approaches, such as Mothers or Fathers Day, Christmas or Easter or perhaps Valentines Day, many educators and teachers in early childhood settings give children templates or outlines to colour-in so that they have something 'good' to present to their parents. What is the message we are giving children when we offer children such experiences?
This year was an opportunity to explore ways in which we can use our documentation to strengthen our children’s identities as caring citizens. The outpouring of emotion that followed the 15th March demonstrated New Zealand’s capacity to care.