He pānui mo ngā kaiako o Tāmaki-MaungakiekieTāmaki-Maungakiekie Early Childhood Newsletter June 2011 Tēnā koutou kātoa! Warm gree1ngs to you all! I hope you are all keeping warm and healthy through the winter months. My whānau recently enjoyed a holiday in Rarotonga for my Nanas 90th birthday. She had over 55 children, grandchidlren and great grandchildren ﬂy to Rarotonga from NZ and Australia to celebrate her special day. The chill of the Auckland weather in contraast to the warm island weather resulted in a few days sick leave on my return. However, I am back into it and will be visi1ng all of your centres very soon. This month the Tāmaki-‐ Maungakiekie Early Years Conference was deﬁnitely a highlight with over 50 commiSed early childhood teachers joining forces on a Saturday to engage in some very inspiring learning. Thank you to everyone that aSended and contributed to the buzz throughout the day. Again, you will ﬁnd a list of upcoming events and reﬂec1ons from past workshops. I look forward to catching up with you all soon. Kia manuia Naketa Ikihele -‐ Early Years Facilitator
Self-‐Review Focus The proess of Self-‐review can be likened to that of an ongoing spiral. Choosing one area to focus on gives you the 1me and space to really interogate what goes on for children and the impact of your ac1ons on childrens learning. In this Professional Learning programme you have the opportunity to engage in rich dialogue about your topics with other teachers from ouside of your centre and access the workshops and conferences faciliated by myself and other guest speakers. Below you will ﬁnd a suggested 1metable for your self review process. We have have some exci1ng projects already underway. If you would like me to support you with iden1fying your focus, please email me to arrange a 1me for me to work with your team.Suggested Time Frame for Ac5on Research/Self-‐Review focus June/July August September October • Iden1fy Self Review • Gather data about • Analyse your data • Key ideas Focus your focus • Iden1fy paSerns in • Ac1on Plan • Document the story • Focus on teachers prac1ce • What next? ac1ons • What have you • Reﬂec1on learned? Con5nually reﬂec5ng and documen5ng your journey. November December January February • Iden1fy another Self • Gather data about • Analyse your data • Key ideas Review Focus your focus • Iden1fy paSerns in • Ac1on Plan • Document the story • Focus on teachers prac1ce • What next? ac1ons • What have you • Reﬂec1on learned?
Tāmaki-Maungakiekie Early Years ConferenceCongratula1ons to all of you amazing teachers who braved the rain last Saturday to aSend the Tāmaki-‐Maungakiekie Early Years Conference. Over 50 teachers engaged in the learning on oﬀer throughout the day. Ann Milne certainly opened our hui with an inspiring and challenging keynote. Links to her research are at the end of this newsleSer. She challenged us to think about our role as teachers in fostering the iden1ty of our Māori learners and provided us a glimpse into the long journey of Kia Aroha College. Teachers then took the opportunity to aSend one of the following workshops: * Whats Behind your bookshelf -‐ Lucy Barker * Listening With Your Eyes – photos as one of the 100 Languages of children -‐ Hana Faletaupule * Literacy Beyond our Walls -‐ Play and Learn * Using ICT to support Tikanga Māori -‐ Kea Te Rurehe-‐LatuThere was lots of posi1ve feedback from teachers on the content of the workshops. The power of teachers sharing their stories is deﬁnitey an inspira1onal way of learning. Many of you have indciated your interest in aSending workshops that you missed on the day. If you could email me your preferences I can organise these for Term Three. Our ﬁnal keynote by Louise Dempsey was packed with lots of prac1cal strategies for encouraging Literacy learning for children in our centres. There was a strong sugges1on to watch the Get Ready for School DVD. I have a copy of this DVD for those that are keen to watch this at their next team mee1ng.Planning is already underway for our next Tāmaki-‐Maungakiekie Hui which will be held late November/Early December. This will be conﬁrmed in the next month so keep an eye out for the date.
Workshop ReﬂectionsInfant and Toddler Workshop - Heuristic PlayWe enjoyed a Heuristic Play workshop last Wednesday facilitated byIuliana Martin from Play and Learn. Iuliana talked about creatingenvironments that are inviting to infants and toddlers.The following words were described to capture some of the learningthat happens for young children when we provide heuristic play andtreasure baskets: Natural, Size, Shape, Recycling, Sound, Texture,Weight, Colour, Familiarity and Contrast.Logic and Magic - What happens when we sit back and observe thelogic and magic of our our infants and toddlers. Play is the only way the highest intelligence of Human Kind can unfold” Joseph Childton Pearce
Welcome to School WorkshopEver wondered what happens on theﬁrst day of school? Interested inhearing what assessment takes placein new entrant classrooms. KimBenjamin (Deputy Principal at Bairds REGISTRATIONSMainfreight Primary School) will speakto us to clarify some of our questions. ARE ESSENTIALIf you are interested in the notion ofTransition to School this is theworkshop for you.Date: Monday 4th July 2011Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pmWhere: Glen Innes Kindergarten,71 Taniwha St, Glen Innes. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!Cost: FREE Reﬂection in Teaching The process of reﬂection has been inherent in teaching for decades. Now that youve ﬁnished studying how many of us continue to engage in this important process? This workshop will suit teachers undergoing teacher regstration supervision. Date: Thursday 12th July 2011 Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm Where: Ngā Tamariki Puawai, 18 Allright Place, Mt Wellington. Cost: FREE
STORY CHASERS...Our ﬁrst digital storytelling workshop will be held next month. As indicatedearlier on in the year I hope to build a team of experts within Tāmaki-Maungakiekie to become experts in Digital Storytelling. Your role will be tosupport other teachers and children in the area with digital storytelling.To join this group it is expected that you will attend every session and withsupport, work towards creating and delivering workshops.Date: Thursday 28th July 2011Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pmWhere: Tāmaki Transformation Building, 171 Pilkington Rd, GlenInnesCost: FREEParticipants will need to bring:*A laptop*5 -10 digital images of your own to create a digital story. You will need to REGISTER for this workshop by Tuesday 26th July 2011.
Professional Learning Clusters -‐ 2011 as at June 2011 Tāmaki Transi5ons Literacy Cluster "Healthy and Ready to Learn" Toku reo toku oho oho Glen Innes Kindergarten Tinytown Childcare -‐ Mt Wellington Pt England Kindergarten Tinytown Childcare -‐ Otahuhu Panmure Bridge Childcare Centre Waipuna Preschool Centre Akoteu LouOlive Pre-‐school Otahuhu Kindergarten Te Ao Hou Childcare Centre Seugagogo Aoga Amata Edukids Apirana -‐ Preschool St Marys Family Pre-‐school Just Kidz Early Childhood Centre Kidstown Childcare Ltd Ngā Purapura Puawai Ngā Tamariki Puawai Tongan Tamaki Feofaaki Preschool LiSle Moas Educare Recommended Recommended Reading of the Month Video of the Month For those of you who Following on aSended the recent from the Tāmaki-‐Maungakiekie inspiring Hui, you will have heard presenta1on the presenta1on of Ann Milne, delivered by Ann Milne of Kia Aroha below is a link College. to the extrememly moving and heart You can download her report from breaking video she showed the following link: par1cipants. hSp://www.kiaaroha.school.nz/ hSp://video.google.com/videoplay? sta1cpages/index.php? docid=1091431409617440489# page=learning_research Contact me +64 21 594 825 naketa.ikihele@core-‐ed.org