Opportunities for curiosity, collaboration and creativity

An ELP series presentation by Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips & Margaret Carr

This presentation was around three research projects where aspects of children’s learning and dispositions were identified. The three projects centred around excursions to exhibitions in Te Papa and examined:

  1. Curiosity – Children being curious before, during, and after exhibitions.
  2. Collaboration – children as teachers.
  3. Creativity - Information gathering or creative capacity building.

A short reflection on this Summit held at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute 8th and 9th April 2016

The EC-MENz Summit is an annual event and O have attended quite a few of them in the past. This was the tenth Summit and the goalk was to try and get more men into the workforce. This could be achieved if we had enough funding to employ someone part-time to visit schools and tertiary institutions to support male entrants there.

I have always considered it essential to identify learning and more importantly document this learning in our working environment. The first workshop dealt with research on assessment practices specific to four year old children. The second was an ERO presentation on what's happening in curriculum in early childhood services.

This musing on assessment and practices is centred around two workshops that I attended recently.

This short reflection is an attempt to unpack the essence of hauora, or well-being, from an early childhood perspective.

Hauora is a Māori concept that relates to the health model in Te Ao Māori (the Māori World). It encompasses a holistic viewpoint and is defined within four distinct dimensions (http://health.tki.org.nz). These are:

The idea of of writing this musing is to present a case to state that the word 'bully' is not a relevant one to describe a child in an ECE environment.

As a teacher, I have always thought it inappropriate to label children in this age group with a negative connotation. This has long term effects on a child as he could very easily grow out of a particular behaviour with guidance at this stage of development. These are the years for children to develop their social skills, and comprehend the foundation for socially acceptable behaviour. I feel that the word 'bully' has a very negative connotation for any young child before they even comprehend the concept. Let me reason why I believe 'bullies' do not exist in early childhood settings and why we should not label them so. Behaviour management is an important area for us as teachers to keep reflecting on. We need to keep working on strategies depending on the type of behaviour of the individual child that we are addressing. I consider the development of social skills for children as the key factor for teachers to address and promote in the environment.