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Elaine Bennett Upstart/KEYU March 19


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Presentation from the Upstart/KEYU Conference 9th March 2019

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Elaine Bennett Upstart/KEYU March 19

  1. 1. Climbing the stairs, resisting the lift Developmentally appropriate practice in P1 Elaine Bennett March 2019 #UpstartKEYU
  2. 2. But they are still so young! They still need to play… THIS FEELS WRONG!
  3. 3. “Birth-to-seven is a particular phase of development: it’s the biggest period of neurological, physical and emotional growth. So there’s a point at seven, which is when most countries start school, where the brain clicks into place, or it makes particular changes, which makes, for instance, abstract thinking more possible.” Jan Dubiel, Early Excellence,
  4. 4. Listen to those who KNOW! SollyLaevers Fisher Ephgrave Warden Moylett Katz Zeedyk Palmer Gerber
  5. 5. “This is nothing new!” Anna Ephgrave (March 2017) Froebel Piaget Montessori Malaguzzi Vygotsky Margaret and Rachel MacMillan Isaacs Dr Mary Sheridan
  6. 6. 1960 1990 2008
  7. 7. 1. Know the nature of soil you are building on.
  8. 8. “Relationships are the heartbeats of pedagogy” Dr Tim O Brien (Mark. Plan. Teach 2017)
  9. 9. 2. “Be clear about structure you want to build”
  10. 10. 3. What are the forces acting on our building?
  11. 11. 4.If you don’t build foundations properly, dangerous and expensive to repair.
  12. 12. “Resist the temptation to start on the 3rd floor.” Lilian Katz