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    Key Note Address, Master Classes & Workshops

    Keynote Address and AM Master Class presented by Dr Sue Bredekamp

    Dr Bredekamp's keynote address presented key findings of research on effective early childhood curriculum and teaching and described ways the curriculum can be implemented to become more effective, while also preserving the fundamental values of the culture of early childhood education, including emphasis on the whole child and play. This theme was further extended in the Masterclass held in the morning.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Thought provoking, challenging, lots of discussions, helped to reinforce appropriate practice, good reflection, really good pushing the play aspect."

    • Members - Following the success of the 2006 ECTA annual conference, Dr Sue Bredekamp has provided a powerpoint presentation of her Key Note Address and Masterclass

    AM and PM Master Class - Young boys and their education by Ian Lillico

    In his masterclass Ian outlined contemporary research on gender and how this impacts on young boys' education. He discussed the various literacies including emotional and digital literacy, classroom ambience and strategies to better engage young boys. Recent educational trends in early childhood will also be discussed.

    DELEGATES SAID "Great workshop, great presenter and room. Enjoyed it, a lot of information, loved the set up, very valuable and will use lots of info."

    PM Master Class - Learning in the key of music by Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter

    An involvement in a music program helps to educate the whole individual intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, kinaesthetically, artistically, aesthetically and creatively. The Splitters ‘Orff’ based approach inspires children to sing, move, dance, listen, create, play instruments and love music. Have them jumping for joy with material that makes learning interesting and fun.

    Workshop - Professional Portfolios by Di Nailon

    What are professional portfolios? Why do teachers need to create and maintain them? How do they do this in ways that add to what they do with young children rather than take up precious time in the already overly "accountability-laden" world of teaching in early childhood?
    These questions and more were the foci of this workshop. The aim of the session was to support teachers to document their work with young children, parents and the wider community in ways that support day-to-day teaching and learning in classrooms, and assist teachers along their career paths. Creating professional portfolios can lead to awesome outcomes if approached in the spirit of personal and professional reflectivity, humour and shared enterprise.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Set up was great and easy to network.

    Workshop - Anxiety in early childhood by Dr Marilyn Campbell

    This workshop enabled participants to recognise excessive anxiety in young children and explore some ways to assist them and their parents to cope.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Good, interesting, very motiviational."

    Workshop - Investigating the natural and designed world by Cathy Meehan and Anne Petriwskyj

    This hands-on workshop heightened awareness of the potential of everyday resources for science and technology learning in children aged birth to eight. Through guided participation in practical investigations, teachers explored science and design concepts and clarified understandings.

    Workshop - Behaviour development and management for children in the early years by Margaret Carter

    This workshop highlighted why children do what they do. Participants discussed the concepts of choice in behaviour and the role of intrinsic motivation versus extrinsic motivation. This workshop explored:
    * The concept of 'choice' in children's behaviour
    * Why and how children behave the way they do
    * Practical systems for teaching behaviour
    * Non-blame ways of developing and managing
    children's behaviour

    DELEGATES SAID:"Brilliant, well organised, everything was great."

    Workshop - Pats on the back and food for thought - parents, teachers and expectations of early childhood education by Desley Jones

    For parents and teachers expectations impact on how we perceive and respond to experiences. This workshop explored issues and strategies for teachers as they acknowledge their own and parents' beliefs and expectations, and strive to provide high quality early childhood education.

    Workshop - The importance of auditory processing skills in the early years by Lis Hemingway

    This workshop provided the audience with an insight as to what is auditory processing, the implications for acquisition of skills required for learning, how to identify possible difficulties and strategies to support young people in prep/preschool and early years of formal schooling.

    Workshop - Numeracy block in the early years by Terry Wally

    This workshop shared the practice of one school’s experience in setting up and running numeracy block in the early years. Some of the elements
    covered included: supporting research, practical aspects (eg. Timetable, support, etc) structure and resources.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Great speaker, Easy to adapt info presented, very interactive."

    Workshop - Using process drama to engage early years students in the critical dimension by Beryl Exley

    During this workshop, participants worked through a series of process drama strategies designed to engage early years students in the critical dimension. The focus was on using gestural, dramatic, visual, verbal & digital literacies to provide young children with a platform for critically engaging with complex issues that are part of their everyday life. The presenter introduced ‘attribute lists’, ‘clay sculptures’, ‘transformations’ & ‘frozen photographs’ as participants brought Anthony Browne’s classic picture book text ‘Piggybook’ to life. Participants had to be prepared to let their hair down and have some fun in this activity based workshop!

    Workshop - Uncluttering the curriculum in the early years by Gary Davey

    In today’s classroom teachers are faced with many challenges and complexities. Uncluttering the curriculum in the Early Years classrooms provided ideas to enable more space and time for students to achieve deeper understanding and higher levels of engagement in learning. Practical examples of an operating classroom catering to a multi-aged Year 1/2/3 classroom formed the basis for this workshop.
    Participants were shown effective strategies for engaging children and allowing children flexibility in choosing their learning path.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Would be a great key speaker, loved the workshop, inspiring, will definitely try out things in class, was interactive- painting and problems, speaker was interesting."

    Workshop - Using clay in the early childhood environment by Rebecca Lennon

    During this workshop participants used clay and discovered some basic hand building techniques for modelling and constructing. They also learnt some vital tips to prevent clay creations from breaking without the need of a kiln. Some valuable strategies were provided for using clay in the classroom with minimal preparation and mess.

    Workshop - Outdoor play .... space, time, resources by Sue Thomas

    When time space and resources are at a premium, teachers need to be creative and realistic in the early childhood context in which they find themselves. This workshop explored these issues, gave some practical examples and shared
    teachers’ own explorations in the provision of worthwhile outdoor play.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Prep focused, not suited to preschool, got a few good ideas to try."

    Workshop - Habits of the mind by Dr Phillip Moulds and Michelle Ragen

    How can we develop students’ behaviours, actions and approaches to learning to enhance their learning and understanding? The Habits of Mind can be particularly helpful in answering this question because they present a simple but powerful framework for the development of thinking to enable learning for all ages. Consequently, this workshop began to explore how the habits of Mind can enrich and augment children’s learning. Participants spent their time together in the workshop considering how the Habits of Mind may improve their efforts to teach for genuine student learning.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Excellent, very well presented."

    Workshop - Cultural diversity/inclusion by Marily Casley

    How do we challenge our own bias and develop skills to equip children to live in a diverse society? How do we create inclusive environments and curriculum that
    reflect the diversity of our children, families and communities? This workshop was designed to discuss ideas and explore strategies around issues of cultural inclusion.

    Workshop - Interactive whiteboards in the kindergarten setting by Teachers from John Paul College Community Kindergarten

    The introduction of the interactive whiteboards into our learning space has brought many changes to the way we utilise technology in the classroom.
    This workshop was designed to introduce the benefits and challenges of these tools and demonstrate the learning generated through their use.

    DELEGATES SAID: " Amazing Technology."

    Workshop - Ensure quality care through planning and evaluation by Jenny Clarke and Charlotte Bowley

    This workshop addressed Quality Area 3 of the QIAS for long day care centres. This area has been identified as one of the areas consistently not meeting the standard required for Accreditation. This workshop had a hands-on appraoch to implementing the planning cycle. Discussions and examples offered strategies for implementing Quality Area 3 in the early childhood setting.

    DELEGATES SAID: "Very interesting, Great ideas for programming and working with colleagues, not long enough."