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2008 ECTA Conference Program

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The 2008 ECTA Conference was held on Saturday 28 June.

John Joseph presented an engaging, entertaining and educational Keynote address. Master classes were also conducted by Dr Louise Porter and Dr Kylie Smith.

Handouts from 2008 Conference Worskhops

Handouts from some of the workshops presented at the 2008 ECTA conference are being made available to ECTA members.

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Key Note Address - Learning with the Brain in Mind - An Early Childhood Perspective - Presented by John Joseph

Key Note Speaker - John Joseph

The past decade has seen an explosion of information about the brain and its function. More has been learnt about the functioning of the human brain in the last decade than in all the preceding centuries. Applied to early childhood education, this information affirms many elements of taken-for-granted teaching practice, and challenges numerous others. 'Learning with the Brain in Mind an Early Childhood Perspective' examined some key discoveries from the neurosciences and considered ways for adults to enhance education practices congruent with brain theory.

Learning with the Brain in Mind covered concepts such as:
The 4 Worlds Model and 4 Ways of Knowing - creating quality worlds with young children

Key discoveries from the neurosciences that inform early childhood education:

Mirror Neurons - the role of imitation and modelling

Allostasis - managing stress in young children

Brain Plasticity - the capacity for all to grow a healthy brain

The role of sleep in the young child

Information Processing in the young brain

Master Class (Session 2 only) - The Emotional Rooms - An early childhood perspective - John Joseph

John Joseph Masterclass
After John's Master Class, delegates are keen to continue conversations about the emotional rooms

There is little doubt that emotional smartness is a critical skill for successful learning. The 'Emotional Rooms' model provides a conceptual framework and language to assist educators and their young students in establishing common ground for productive working relationships. The presentation focused on the building of resilience in children as well as highlighting and developing key emotional skills and understandings. This session was based on John Joseph's new book: 'Learning in the Emotional Rooms - How to create classrooms that are uplifting for the spirit'.
The Emotional Rooms
An introduction to the Emotional Rooms Model
Defining and building the balance between emotions and the intellect - the sensitive years
Understanding how emotions influence our thinking and behaviour
Recognising and labelling emotions
Designing and developing Blue Room and Green Room curriculum and methodologies
Introduction to the Red Room
Why adults and kids clash
Building competencies in managing Red Room incidents
Teaching children how to manage their emotions

Master Class (Sessions 2 & 4) - Collaborating with parents - Dr Louise Porter

Master Class Presenter - Dr Louise Porter

This session examined how we can collaborate with parents when their children are exhibiting social, emotional or behavioural difficulties or atypical development. There will be times when the problem is less severe than might have been anticipated. This shows that a solution is already at least partially in place. Our task, then, is to examine what is working in those instances and enlarge on that, rather than designing a completely new invention.

Master Class (Sessions 2 & 4)- Child participation in curriculum - Dr Kylie Smith

There is growing interest in child participation as a way to provide a democratic and child rights based education. This masterclass explored

. multiple images of the child and the effect of this for child participation in curriculum
strategies, tools and protocols that support children to participate as part of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation.

2008 Conference workshops and workshop presenters

2008 Conference presenters and delegates
Conference presenters Rob and Will Jones and Margaret Carter take time out with C & K delegates Eileen Williams and Gwenyth Beale

Check the Conference Workshops link below to see details of the workshops that were presented at the 2008 ECTA conference.

2008 Conference workshops and workshop presenters
Details of all AM (Session 2) and PM (Session 4) workshops and workshop presenters for the 2008 conference can be found on this page.