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Tāmaki maungakiekie cluster_newsletter_may_11


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Tāmaki maungakiekie cluster_newsletter_may_11

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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)-­‐
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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:// Whole-­‐New-­‐Mind-­‐Daniel-­‐H-­‐Pink/ hAp:// 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-­‐