Reggio Emilia Tai Tokerau - RETT
Cheryl Kingi (Kerikeri Kindergarten) firstname.lastname@example.org 021990708
Other 'committee' members:
- Julia Semb.
- Kaye Dawson (Inspiring Minds)
- Tamsin Bailie
R.E. TAI TOKERAU invites you to:
Childhoods, Power and Secrets in the Early Years Classroom
with Marek Tesar
This presentation asks what happens if we - teachers – adults, were to allow children to learn from one another without our presence, and without us having control? If we allowed these early experiences of power and agency, and thus subversion of the public space/public classroom, what would early childhood look like? One of the key points is that the resistance should be understood and accepted, and even rewarded, and not suppressed. Sharing power and control between adults and children in early childhood settings may mean establishing children’s governance boards that allow and elevate children’s voice. Such an approach may allow us -adults - to take children’s voices seriously, and not to consider them simply as ‘childish’. If adults lose control and visibility, trust children’s voices and play, and allow them to have their secret places and spaces, perhaps they will allow them to develop in an uncontrolled way. This presentation will explore, what if having secrets — secret play and games — is the final frontier, and an essential part of children’s development?
Marek Tesar is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Education at the University of Auckland. His current research focuses on children – object relations in childhood places and spaces, and thinking and working with philosophies and theories that focus on children’s perspectives, power and agency. Marek’s research and scholarship are underpinned by notions of a fair and democratic society in which creative thinking and the disciplines shape professional practice, and where the child’s voice and participation are taken seriously.
To register for this event please email: email@example.com
Marek’s presentation forms the first of a two part series which prompts/challenges us to consider our beliefs about childhood and the image of the child. The second event will take place in late September, a separate flyer will follow. It is strongly recommended that both events be attended.
Wed 23rd August 2017
6pm - light supper & korero
6.30 – 8pm - presentation & discussion
Cornerstone: Kerikeri Union Church, Cnr Kerikeri Rd & Heritage Bypass, Kerikeri
$45 per person
Professional Practice as Professional Development
Tuesday 29th March - 6-9pm
REANZ is delighted to be welcoming Ann Pelo back to Aotearoa New Zealand to share her experiences with us. Ann is a teacher educator, program consultant, and author whose primary work focuses on pedagogical practice, social justice and ecological teaching and learning, and the art of mentoring. Her work is anchored by a commitment to the right of educators to be intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually engaged by their work. Ann offers educators the opportunity to engage with deeper understandings and new questions through the power of story, reflection and collaboration. Ann’s work is sustained by teachers' commitment to growth and challenge, by children's potent capacity for questions, and by families' deep commitment to their children.