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The following session overviews offer a high-level
look at the “big ideas” that will be the foundation of each session. The
group dynamic will play a critical role in shaping the content of each session.
If we want to create a culture of reflective practice and critical thinking, we have to focus on our role in facilitating conversations that can move us. Part of a reflective model in early learning is the role of the facilitator. Knowing how to facilitate conversations is a critical element of learning together. Good facilitation can deepen and enrich conversations, supporting the process of learning together. This session will deepen participants’ understanding of the role of facilitation in promoting group participation, ensuring equity and building trust with a community of learners. We will explore strategies for deep listening, questions that can move us and practice with protocols that can encourage thinking.
Working from a Place of Value – Considering our
Image of Children
This session will reflect on the
powerful factors that influence our image of children and how our beliefs about
children affect every decision we make in the classroom – how we design our
curriculum, organize our environments, and form relationships with children and
families. Participants will consider the lens and scripts we use and how these
can foster a sense of belonging and wellbeing in young children and helping them
to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their competencies.
Meeting Up with Children’s Lively Minds
This session will look at the complexities of
working with young children. We will study the joy and intellectual engagement
that meeting up with children’s lively minds can bring us. Understanding the details
of children’s play and brain
development can help us design children’s care. Using a thinking lens, we will explore the
powerful role we play in early learning and development.
Authentic Language (Enterprise Talk)
Do you ever feel like the classroom police? In
this session we will explore how we can use our scripts as a tool in
communicating with children in times of difficulty by responding with effective
positives. Enterprise Talk, developed by Tom Drummond, can support educators in
communicating values that reflect the kind of community they are trying to
build with children and families. Enterprise Talk has proven to be one of the
most powerful communication tools for educators.
The Art of Observation
Observation isn’t a new idea for us in our
field. We all know that observation is an important part of our practice. Have
you ever asked yourself… If children are interested in everything, how do I
know what to observe? What are children really learning as they play? How do I
know what to look for? If you have, you are not alone. This session will delve
into observation as way of research, a way to see competencies of children, and
a way to grow a practice of listening. We will also explore how our
observations can be used as a way to grow our practice.
Documentation and Interpretation
Observing, documenting and interpreting children’s learning is among the most critical skills an
educator can develop. Documentation brings visibility to the teaching and
learning process and deepens our understanding of each other. It can help
educators build intentionality in their decisions, develop closer relationships
with children and families, and support authentic assessment. Participants will
have the opportunity to learn about various forms of documentation and
protocols to consider when developing documentation.
Designing Engaging Learning Environments –
Understanding our Roles in Supporting Complex Play
The environment is a reflection of our values,
our beliefs and our observations of children in our care. Designing rich
learning environments requires us to understand both the macro and micro
elements of our spaces. Participants will explore how the foundations of HDLH
can influence and impact how we design space and consider principles that can
be used to provide invitations, transform space and understand our role as
educators in the environment. We will also delve into how our roles are
evolving in the classroom.
Deepening our Understanding of Pedagogical
There is a difference between documenting and
documentation. This session is designed for participants who have been documenting
children’s learning and
want to deepen their understanding of how documentation can be used to inform
and develop curriculum. Participants will be asked to bring documentation to
share and reflect on in small learning communities.
Creating Natural Connections
This session will deepen our understanding of
the critical importance of big body play both indoors and out. Together we will
explore the principles of active body play and discover ways to support
building risk competence with children. We will move beyond what we know about
developing the five senses and learn more about the proprioceptive and
vestibular systems in connection with brain development.
One of the greatest ways to grow capacity in a
community or organization is the development of professional learning
communities. These multi-part series are uniquely designed and developed
following a reflective model for learning.
The Pedagogical Leadershipseries is composed of a minimum of
six 3-hour sessions or three full day sessions, focusing on the following
Working from a Place of Vision and Values
Developing Meaningful Relationships
Considering the Role of Learning in our Everyday Practice