Category Archives: Outside Angle

By early childhood expert Anne Stonehouse to the ECA Learning Hub, with a new series of thought-provoking opinion pieces – the ‘Outside angle’.

No more passion!

At the recent Early Childhood Australia conference the terms passion and passionate were used repeatedly. People outside the profession used them, at times patronisingly, to describe educators and their work. Educators described themselves as passionate about children and their work. My online dictionary defines passion as ‘strong and barely controllable emotion; a state or outburst […]

Bespoke practice

‘We encourage educators to think about what they are doing and why, and to talk about their questions and ideas with each other. We promote innovation and creativity – not change for its own sake, but reasonable risk taking and having a go at making things better. We have worked for a long time to […]

Touching the hem of greatness (not)

I had a familiar sense of anticipation recently as I started to look at the program for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. What wonderful opportunities were on offer to be in the presence of icons, idols and personages! It reminded me of a lesson I learned, or should have learned, a long time ago. I say […]

Why the title ‘Outside angle’?

Titling this collection of opinion pieces Outside angle doesn’t mean that they are about including geometry in the curriculum or positioning equipment to optimise learning in outdoor environments! I enjoyed writing the 99 (yes, 99) What do you think? pieces for ECA’s NQS Professional Learning Program. I liked the freedom to choose topics and content. […]

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