A Message from Daphne Gaddie, Head of ELC

Our ELC investigation this year “Crossing Boundaries” was chosen at the end of 2019 long before the challenges of 2020 had shown themselves to us. Shared research between adults and children is an everyday part of life in our school.

The professional development for educators, which results from the reflective practice of observation and documentation, provides the possibility for critical thinking and constructing new knowledge.

During this Covid-19 pandemic, there will always be a boundary of before and after.  This experience has strengthened our awareness of how deeply we value relationships, of the jobs that are now recognised as essential, and of how we can come together to act in the interests of all. How would this time change and challenge our thinking as we embarked on a new experience of teaching and learning, as we embraced Digital Bialik?

We have had to consider:

What is different?

Are some of the processes we would have commonly used before, now calling for reflection? What changes are we noticing among the children, other educators, and families?

What are we doing now to ensure that we are moving forward perhaps in a new way and maintaining momentum in our investigations?

Are we rereading documentation and thinking about it differently?

Are we noticing things that were not evident before that we might want to investigate further? Are we documenting with different questions in mind?

What is the same and what is different?

As the context of teaching and learning has changed with Digital Bialik, how have your experiences with children been designed, organised, and planned? What processes have you found useful? Moreover, in kinder, how have you accommodated changing groups and protocols?

Has the climate of uncertainty challenged and informed your beliefs and practices during this time?

How have you supported dialogue, exchange and collaboration with children and adults?

How has the role of teacher as researcher supported, listened to, and documented the creative processes of children?

This is a time in history that absolutely supports Loris Malaguzzi’s thinking that; “rather than longing for predictability and regularity, he valued uncertainty, desired wonder and amazement, and loved to marvel at the totally unexpected”.

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