Play to Learn

Day One: Why do children play?
Monday 14 June 2021 | 9.00am – 2.30pm

Why play-based learning? How can you provide more play in the classroom or setting? From playing with resources to developing effective relationships this workshops explores the theory behind play. Topics covered:
understand why children play and why it is important for their brain development
learn about the urges in play and how a play-based learning environment can support these as well as the National Curriculum
explore and reflect on utilising their classroom spaces, resources and developing relationships with children
learn about natural teaching methods and endless learning opportunities that Mother Nature provides
understanding childhood brain development and how Nature shows this to us through various signs and messages.

Day Two: It is only Nature that children play?
Tuesday 15 June 2021 | 9.00am – 2.30pm

Nature provides us with many tools and messages about childhood development. From catching leaves to blow away fairies, educators can learn about the beauty and magic of Nature within childhood.
explore all of the natural teaching methods and endless learning opportunities that Mother Nature provides to us.
learn about childhood brain development and how Nature shows this to us through various signs and messages.

About Alice Ball: Originally from Manchester, UK. Alice is incredibly passionate about Early childhood development, The Arts and Play-based learning. In 2013 she successfully graduated with a first-class on her four year BA Hons teaching training deg Early Childhood Education Studies leading to the Award of Qualified Teachers Status.
Whilst at Leeds Beckett University she was granted the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for attaining the highest grades in her year. Since qualifying, she has enjoyed creating many Play-based learning environments in her classrooms’ around the globe . From England, to Germany and here in Aotearoa.

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Learning Stories

Learning Stories  Wendy Lee from Education Leadership Project will be providing three learning story workshops in Kaitaia and in Kerikeri. You will be able to attend all three or the workshop that suits you. If you attend all three Wendy will be giving participants homework to work on to support each workshop. Each workshop will cost $50 or $100 to attend all three workshops. Wendy Lee has worked with Professor Margaret Carr over a range of ECE research projects emanating from Te Whāriki. These included co-directorship of the National ECE Assessment and Learning Exemplar project resulting in the Kei Tua o the Pae books on assessment. Wendy is now the director of ELP Ltd, which provides professional learning opportunities for teachers in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector in New Zealand. Part One: AssessmentKey elements of assessment and learning stories. Te Whariki (2017) writes of assessment being a “mana-enhancing process for all children, parents and whanau.” 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 DispositionsA 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… Read More