Last week I was lucky enough to hang out with a large group of caring, passionate & wise teachers. An intersectorial party of sorts, with Early Childhood teachers and Primary school teachers all buzzing together in the name of smoothing children’s transition from EC to school.
And despite our squishy time frame and our tiny chairs, we generated an atmosphere that was kinda palpable. All things going well, e hoa ma, we are going to get to have another go! Maybe two. Because goodness knows there is plenty more to discuss. Meanwhile, as promised, some links:
First up, here is a link to the big ol’ report from the Advisory Group on Early Learning, commissioned by the Ministry of Education. It includes the list of “crucial” factors that we unpacked just a wee bit.
Next, a lovely one-pager about school readiness from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
And a few tangentially linked links. This will take you to an excellent episode from the show “Ideas” from the Canadian Broadcasting Company. It’s about trauma-informed discipline in schools and it does a great job of explaining key concepts we could all do with considering, even though their children are high schoolers. Pop your laptop (or pad, or phone) near you as you fold laundry, make dinner, or do dishes. But don’t drop it in the sink.
This link is going to whisk you to the website of Truce Teachers. TRUCE = Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment. Ideas for bumping up the amount of free play in children’s lives. Enjoy.
Here is a report from the advocacy group The Center for Popular Democracy, it tells the story of transforming struggling schools into thriving schools. Interesting. (hint: it’s not about giant groups of kids or rampant testing!) and for dessert, an article from the Australian media about a mindfulness programme that was piloted in schools. No prizes for guessing the outcome …
Now, bearing in mind that we’ll have the chance to meet again, I’m happy to send you a copy of the slides (Just leave me a comment below and I’ll email you a handout) BUT I very well might use those same slides as the starting point for our conversation next time. K? x x x