Lecture Series 2015-2016

A Growth Mindset - Learn It!  Live It!  Teach It!

Wendy Lee, Director ELP

For some of you it will be an opportunity to explore for the first time the impact of Carol Dweck's work on your pedagogical practice.  For others it will be an opportunity to revisit and deepen your understanding, to look thoughtfully at the ways in which you can ensure that the work of Carol Dweck is impacting not only on the lives of children but also on your life as a teacher and mentor.  As Carol Dweck so eloquently says "A growth mindset educator is someone who portrays skills to the children as acquirable, is someone who values passion, effort, improvement, not just natural talent.  They are people who present themselves as mentors and collaborators with their children and not someone who judges who are the clever ones and who are not."

Social and Emotional Competence - Ancient and Contemporary Knowledge

Tania Bullick, ELP Professional Learning Facilitator

With the growth of brain development research, the science has become clear and affirms the Te Whāriki goals of wellbeing and belonging - ensuring social and emotional wellbeing for the tamariki is good for both of them and the adults who work with them and ensures a connected community that supports the growth and learning of competent, confident people.  This lecture will explore the building of a socially and emotionally literate community of people based on ancient ideology and contemporary theories, inclusive of our ability to learn and develop positive relationships.

The Many Faces of Leadership

Gillian Fitzgerald, ELP Professional Learning Facilitator

When you hear the word leadership so many different images spring to mind.  Is it a characteristic that you are born with or something that you can learn?  Where does it sit in the early childhood education arena?  This lecture shares with you how one centre's bicultural journey led them, unexpectedly, down the path of leadership.  How on this journey they discovered, as Thomas Sergiovanni so aptly put it that 'Leadership belongs to everyone" as they united a community through the creation of a cultural festival.

"We Teach Who We Are" - Shaping and Sharing Messages

Marianne MacPherson & Anita Homewood ELP Professional Learning Facilitators

"We are enculturating whether we know it or not, so we may as well take heed and enculture what we want".  This quote from Tishman, Jay and Perkins reminds us about the importance of the way our everyday interactions and responses enculture messages with children and families about learning that is valued.  How do our messages align with or reflect our teaching philosophy or values, and how can we best shape and share messages that support children to build positive learner identities?  We will examine these ideas and how they impact the way we work with infants, toddlers and young children.





Courage to Teach: When Times Get Tough

Julie Killick, Head Teacher Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre

If you are going to show up in the arena of life, and if you are going to take on the fabulous challenge to be a teacher there is one thing for certain, you are going to experience times when your heart will feel like it's breaking!  How do we handle it when times get tough, where do we go when the rug gets pulled out from under our feet?  Along with the crisis moments there are also times when we experience discouragment, self doubt, and minor disappointments that can take the edge off our passion and enthusiasm for teaching, how do we navigate ourselves through those murky waters?  In this lecture we will look at some possible ideas to address these issues, and hopefully come out with some ideas about how to support ourselves and have what Parker J. Palmers calls the courage to teach.

"What Colour Suits Me?"  Exploring How Gender Messages Define Roles

Jo Colbert & Beverly Kaye, ELP Professional Learning Facilitators

Gender is ultimately defined by the community, society and political culture we live in - locally and globally.  Gender looks and feels different depending on the environment, time in history, family circumstances, and social knowledge.  The language used, the images reflected, and gender expectations are so embedded in the culture of a place that it becomes the norm.  But is it?  This lecture will explore the messages we, as teachers, give to tamariki and whānau, and how these messages ultimately help to define gender roles for our children.



Learning from excursions outside the early childhood centre: Opportunities for curiosity, collaboration and creativity

Professor Margaret Carr; University of Waikato and Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips

This presentation will share some ideas that have emerged from research projects in which children from early childhood centres were visiting museums with their teachers.  We will provide examples from our data on three- and four-year-old children visiting museum exhibitions. How might we describe these visits as opportunities to strengthen curiosity, collaboration and creativity? What encourages these opportunities and how have we defined them?


Can I Play?

Carol Marks, ELP Professional Learning Facilitator

We face many challenges in incorporating play in early childhood curriculum: challenges in responding to calls for a more academic curriculum, challenges in materials and environments we provide for play, challenges in trying to understand the play we observe and the expectations of adults about what children should be doing.  By revisiting the importance of play and the adult role in scaffolding and supporting children while allowing play to belong to the players we can challenge our thinking and our roles that allow children to be engaged with others in complex thinking, so they are forming and strengthening their working theories.