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Materials… First date

Materials… First date

Yesterday, we got to do some more work with the materials.  I asked the children if they would like to revisit their work from last week, or if they would like to try using their materials as part of a drawing.  It was a new idea for me, so of course I explained it horribly.  … Continue reading

Small talk with materials…

Small talk with materials…

So, today I was able to introduce the children to the materials.  I am likening their initial explorations to the small talk you would make with a stranger.  I am hoping that as the children get to know the materials, their ‘conversations will become more and more interesting!  So far, however, I am not disappointed.  … Continue reading

Dialogue with materials…

I am super excited about art this term.  The inquiry of the term is the environment and my co-teacher and I are using recycled, found and natural materials as the basis for our art plan.  In my early childhood teaching days I have done a lot of work along these lines, and I mean a … Continue reading

Goal setting…

Goal setting…

So week two at school has come to an end and while it has been lots of time and effort I am actually loving it.  The values/ educational philosophy of the school align so nicely with me and my beliefs; it’s just awesome.  This week I challenged my class to think holistically about their learning … Continue reading

Building classroom culture…

My first week as a primary school teacher has come to an end and I am feeling pretty good about the whole thing.  It is a lot harder then I expected and there is a lot more preparation work then I am used to, but it is a good hard that means I am learning … Continue reading

Moving forward. ..

Moving forward. ..

After ten years as an early childhood teacher, this year I am embarking on an exciting adventure. .. primary school teaching!  Year Ones to be specific, 5 and 6 year olds.  My first day is rapidly approaching and I am working hard to keep my cool.  Primary teaching seems like a completely different world with … Continue reading

Learning Stories: Not only for under fives…

Learning Stories: Not only for under fives…

Today I attended the Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2016 put on by ELP.  It was great to take some time with a couple of my teammates to really think about learning stories and the impact they can have / are having around the world.  For a small country like New Zealand, it is really fantastic … Continue reading

Music Therapy…

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the music therapy symposium as part of music therapy week.  I discovered the event whist scrolling through upcoming events on Eventbrite and it caught my interest as something I could really get a lot out of… and I was right.  I attended the event with a completely … Continue reading

A different approach to transition…

A different approach to transition…

Often when I am talking to parents about why they choose our kindergarten for their children, the answer is so they can make friends with the children they will be going to school with.  As a parent myself I understand the desire to do everything in your power to help your child to make friends, … Continue reading

My leadership…

My leadership…

I am coming up to my second anniversary in my current teaching position and that means my appraisal is just around the corner.  I set myself two big goals for the year, become a better leader… become a better manager.  It has been a big year (or two) of learning in my leadership practice and … Continue reading