He pānui mo ngā kaiako o Tāmaki-MaungakiekieTāmaki-Maungakiekie Early Childhood Newsletter May 2011 Tēnā koutou kātoa! Warm gree1ngs to you all! Mid-‐year is creeping up on us fast! We have had a range of workshops this term with a bunch of fantas1c teachers commi@ed to their ongoing learning journey. Brief reﬂec1ons of these workshops are detailed further throughout this newsle@er. If you have not yet submi@ed your rubric, you will have received an email from me asking to post these back to me asap. Once you have submi@ed these its 1me to start iden1fying your Self-‐Review focus. If you need support in this process please feel free to email me to organise a 1me. We have a range of workshops coming up over the next month. We have had requests to run the Reﬂec1on workshop that we held this month again. Details of this are detailed below. Literacy tours are now fully booked. When we receive more interest we will look at hos1ng another one in July. It has been wonderful visi1ng your centres and hearing how workshops and visits have impacted on your prac1ce. Im looking forward to catching up with you all when I return from leave. Kia manuia Naketa Ikihele -‐ Early Years Faciliator Im on Leave I am on leave from Monday 23rd May to the 1st June 2011. My family and I are ﬂying to Rarotonga to celebrate my Nanas 90th Birthday.
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 Ac8on Research/Self-‐Review focus June/July August September October • Iden1fy Self Review • Gather data about • Analyse your data • Key ideas Focus your focus • Iden1fy pa@erns 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 pa@erns in • Ac1on Plan • Document the story • Focus on teachers prac1ce • What next? ac1ons • What have you • Reﬂec1on learned?
Workshop Reﬂections Resource Making WorkshopsThis workshop provided a wonderful opportunity to network with other teachers and take 6me to create new resources. TIme was conﬁrmed as the biggest issue for teachers when crea6ng resources in our centres. We learned new ideas and re-‐ignited old ones. Many of the ﬁngerplays, rhymes and songs that we learned while studying or in workshops we aAended years ago are just as relevant today as they were then. When we look at ways that we can extend on these, the no6on of literacy resource making workshops with our parents and families was raised. Invite your families with their children to the centre to make resources for home. Ideas for this may include;*Fingerplay puppets*Magne6c stories*Song books*Poem Posters*Digital StoriesDo a stocktake of all of the ﬁngerplay, magne6c stories and poem resources you have and write these down on a list so you have a quick reference to these during your busy day.
Whats behind your bookshelf? Lucy Barker from Panmure Library Picture book features to look for: * rhyme and repi11on * humour * pop ups and ﬂaps * interac1ve stories * songs * surprise endings Choosing books -‐ surprising aspect/ﬂaps. -‐ Rhyming Stories -‐ Rhymes appeal to children-‐ Picking stories that appeal to children of all ages.-‐ Mrs Wishy Washy -‐ using animal noises -‐ Funny Stories like books by Colin West -‐ An1cipa1on of what is coming next-‐ Great pictures and artworkYou can get an Ins1tu1on Library Card that allows you to issue 35 library cards per month. You can email or call the Library to ask for speciﬁc books or resources and they can get these ready for you -‐ like those listed below:-‐ CDs-‐ Books with CDs-‐ Big Picture Books-‐ Craa ideas-‐ Educa1onal Resources Lucy shared strategies that you may like to extend in your own contexts. -‐ Using popular stories to create magne1c stories-‐ Choosing books and pra1cising reading them to each other in a team mee1ng-‐ As a team iden1fying popular books or stories-‐ Reading Magic by Mem Fox ( a resource that is available at the library)-‐
Iden8ty, Language and Culture Why does our world class educa6on system con6nuously fail Maori and Pasiﬁka children? Par6cipants unpacked the inten6on and key concepts from Ka Hiki6a. Ka Hiki6a -‐ Managing for Success: The Māori Educa6on Strategy 2008 -‐ 2012 is the Ministry of Educa6ons approach to improving the performance of the educa6on system for and with Māori. It is a key aspect of having a quality educa6on system where all students are succeeding and achieving. Each early childhood centre and school in New Zealand was sent this document some years ago. If you have not yet had the chance to read through this document please take the 6me to ﬁnd the resource and use this as a prompt for staﬀ discussion. * What we are currently doing in our educa6on system is not working for Māori children. Business as usual does not work. What risks will you take in your prac8ce to ensure that your centre works for Māori children? * High expecta6ons. Expect that every child that aAends your centre will achieve to their highest poten6al. * HaZe concluded from this data that it is not socio-‐economic diﬀerences that have the greatest eﬀect on Māori student achievement. Instead, he suggests that ‘the evidence is poin8ng more to the rela8onships between teachers and Māori students as the major issue – it is a maAer of cultural rela6onships not socio-‐economic resources’, because these diﬀerences occur at all levels of socio-‐economic status.Reﬂec5on WorkshopKung Fu Panda and Teacher Reﬂec1on may be an unlikely mix. You can ﬁnd the most reﬂec1ve moments in unlikely places.Teachers learned the strategy of Final Word Strategy. A process that encourages thinking and dialogue from all members of the group.The introduc1on of diﬀerent reﬂec1on models for teachers to use as well as ques1ons to provoke our thinking.Write about yourself as a teacher .What’s important to you?What has been your journey?What led you into teaching?Why do you teach?
Literacy ToursAn opportunity to visit one school, one Dearly childhood centre and oneOO KEkindergsrten setting in a day. YB U LLFeedback from previous FLiteracy Tours W Owas highly postive.E N R Book early to avoid AdissapointmentSas places are limited. UR TO E ESThursday 9th June 2011 THMonday 27th June 2011 REGISTRATIONSCost: FREE ARE ESSENTIAL BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! 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
Infant and Toddler Workshop - Heuristic Play Heuristic play actively encourages exploration by using and developing childrens senses. Children instinctively investigate objects that interest them, making discoveries through taste, touch, smell, sound and how they look. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore one centres infant andtoddler environment and hear how you can adapt this in your own context. Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2011 Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm Where: Play and Learn (King St), 4 King St, Papatoetoe Cost:FREE REGISTRATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL Tāmaki-Maungakiekie Early Learning Conference. Saturday 18th June 2011 9.30am - 2.30pm Pt England School Cost: FREE Details on the attached ﬂyer. Attendance is strongly recommended.
Professional Learning Clusters -‐ 2011 as at May 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 Li@le Moas Educare Recommended Recommended Book of the Month Video of the Month A whole new mind: why A pioneer in right brainers will rule research on play, the world. Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, Daniel provides many games, techniques and roughhousing, references to help awaken your ﬂirta6on and crea6vity with links and resources to fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty support you in inves6ga6ng this of play in childhood makes for happy, further. smart adults -‐-‐ and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age. hAp://www.ﬁshpond.co.nz/Books/ Whole-‐New-‐Mind-‐Daniel-‐H-‐Pink/ hAp://www.ted.com/talks/ 9781594481710? stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_th cf=3&rid=1407691585&i=1&keyword an_fun_it_s_vital.html s=a+whole+new+mind Contact me +64 21 594 825 naketa.ikihele@core-‐ed.org