Tag Archives: Learning

Are we honouring time to develop cultural competence?

Anne Stonehouse succinctly described cultural competence as ‘about attitudes and approaches to people than it is about facts’.  I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. I recently conducted interviews with a number of early years educators around their understandings and perspectives of cultural competence as  identified in the Early Years Learning Framework:  The journey for educators: […]

Documentation—what’s the point?

Over-attention to documentation continues, often seemingly with more emphasis on quantity than on quality. It would be heartening to hear of a service where practices were rated as outstanding in every respect and at every level, but the National Quality Standards rating was diminished because there wasn’t enough documentation! Many documented observations of children appear […]

Bringing mindfulness to life at school

‘Mindfulness’ as a concept and a practice has rapidly entered the zeitgeist, helping to define the spirit and ideas of our times, including in education. Not much more than a decade ago a Google search for mindfulness and education would show the Garrison Institute Initiative for Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the top of the […]

Power to the [very young] people!

There is a lot of discussion in the media currently about frustrated and disillusioned young people joining destructive movements because they want to belong, to make a difference. Commentators speculate that they are motivated by feelings of powerlessness, wanting to have an impact. Feeling that you have little control over your life can also lead […]

Knowing your child’s reading stage and how to help them

University of Canberra Learning to read is a complicated process and parents often wonder if their child is developing reading abilities at the rate they “should”. Research agrees, however, that reading (and writing) is very much a developmental process, which can look very different for different children, regardless of their age. It can be very […]

No, the research doesn’t say that iPads damage brains

Recent news headlines have many parents of young children in a state of panic. Some popular news outlets claimed that there was “scientific evidence” that indicated that touchscreen devices were detrimental for young children’s development. The headlines stated that there was science to support the claim that, “iPads and Smartphones May Damage Toddler Brains”. The […]

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