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Videolinq 31 August

Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in Early Years
Melinda Miller
No Cost Sponsored by ECTA


"Tai Chi in the Early Years"
Presented by Helen Wilkie
Date: 9th September, 4 - 5.30pm
Please see flyer for details.


Bi-Annual ECTA Cooloola Regional Group Childhood Conference

Date: 12 July 2010
Time: 8:30am - 3pm
Venue: Gympie TAFE Cartwright Rd Gympie

Laurie Kelly set the scene for a great day of PD with his inspirational and informative keynote Exciting Children to Learn.

177 delegates (79 or which were ECTA or ECTA Cooloola Regional Group members) attended along with 11 presenters and 14 traders attended on the day.

16 Workshops were offered throughout the day.
Handouts supplied by presenters for publishing on the website are below.

Check out the photo gallery on the previous page for images captured during the day.

Feedback from delegates
Keynote Laurie Kelly:
Enthusiastic presenter, passionate about the topic; very interesting and informative
very engaging - nice balance of humour, theory, adn practical envolvement; wonderful - vibrant and engaging; a motivating start to the day; absolutely fantastic; wanted more; loved the evaluation of learning styles and memory training;
Tai Chi was fantastic; very practical; got a lot out of it; great informative, practical guide excellent, loved the music; i left feeling really zen and have some ideas that I can use in my classroom straight away
IWB Tracy - Great ideas and knowledge of software etc.; highly accessible, lots of interaction with participants
Science: lots of practical experiences
Everyone's got rhythm: Great presentation and practical ideas; loved the practical Brendan made it fun helped me realise it can be easy; what fun and I learned heaps too - great hands on stuff
Aust Curriculum
maintaining the Balance: practical ideas
Implications for Prep: very informative; loved the QSA focus on retaining play and active learning that is relevant and in context; made relevant links between early learning curriculum and Australian Curriculum
Books not worksheets: great ideas and concepts; fab ideas
Having fun with number: Some good hands on ideas; great ideas and concepts; good knowledge range of presenter, great display of resources; great book of hands on games
Qld Kindy Guidelines: Good to see where Kindy will be coming from
Possibility Thinking: Challenging engaging; very informative opens the mind for endless possibilities; unreal experience very motivating
IWB Bonnie; very informative and useful; great info lots of ideas to use in the classroom not just wiht the whiteboard, just genral teaching hints excellent!
Trader Display
Great range of resources; lots of variety; excellent

Well run and organised; overall the day was a great success; wonderful food thanks; excellent day loved the name tags, well organised and information before the day via email was good The day was great; Awesome well signed, clear directions; Thanks for the sample bags lots of effort has gone into organising the day; Well done all those volunteers

Maths Technology to Pedogogy

Date: Thursday 29 May2010
Time: 3:30pm - 5pm
Venue: RSL Mary St Gympie
Registration: Using form below to cooloolarg@ecta.org.au
Catering: Supplied
Cost: $40
Places limited

Anxiety in Young Children Videolinq

Date:19 May 2010
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Gympie TAFE Cartwright Rd Gympie
Catering: Supplied
Registration: via form below to info@ecta.org.au
Cost: No Charge

The Role of early Childhood & Primary Professionals in Developing Resilience in Young Childre

Kim presenting Loretta with a gift from ECTA Cooloola Regional Group

By Professor Loretta GiorcelliDate: Thursday 12 February
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: Pavilion Show Grounds
Catering: Supplied
Cost: $5 ECTA & ECTA Cooloola RG members, $20 non-members
Registrations: Using form below to cooloolarg@ecta.org.au

Gympie 126 early childhood educators attended

This was an exceptionally successful tour.
Bringing professionals together at the beginning of the year.

Many new members for the region joined (Gympie had 60 new members)

This was an excellent opportunity to hear an international speaker in Gympie.

In this presentation Dr Loretta Giorcelli explored current research findings into the development of resilience in children and teens. She extrapolated from them the critical role of Early Childhood and Primary Professionals in developing healthy self esteem and resilience in children making links to the importance resilience plays in supporting the growth of autonomy and relational skills in children. She drew from her long experience of working with children who fail to thrive as learners both in Australia and overseas schools and clinics.

ECTA Qld sponsored this tour by Professor Loretta Giorcelli who was the keynote speaker at the 2009 ECTA Annual Conference in Brisbane. Loretta is from Sydney and is currently lecturing overseas in Europe and Africa.

Her presentation at the conference (details on attached flyer and below) was such as success that the ECTA State Coordinating committee decided to give regional groups the opportunity to hear Loretta.