- October 15, 2019 - October 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Making Observation a Meaningful and Manageable Practice (two part series)
Inquiry, play-based, and emergent learning all provide wonderful opportunities for children to engage with their environment, each other, and you. As educators in this type of environment, it’s essential that we notice what children are doing, think through what they may have in mind, and then intentionally respond.
How do you take notes about what is happening in your setting, so that you can respond? How does the cycle of observation/reflection/response work for you? How can you find time in your busy day for this type of practice?
In this 2-part series, we will explore Sketch-Notebooks, a tool for quickly taking brief notes ‘on the spot,’ We will record our questions, draw quick diagrams or sketches, and highlight what we feel is important about what’s going on around us.
Sketch-notebooks have been around for hundreds of years, and have been used by scientists, philosophers and artists. You don’t have to be an artist to use a sketch notebook; you just need a curious mind! In our field of ECE, they are ideal for on-the-spot note taking, recording our wondering and our delight about what children are doing.
In week one, we will learn about how sketch notebooks can be used (there are many options) and practice using them. We will leave with some reflective questions to help uncover children’s ideas, thinking, and strategies during the next week.
In week two, we will use our notebooks to find threads that weave through children’s play, connect those threads, and make decisions about what to do next. These actions tie align with the new NS curriculum framework and the Reflective Planning Cycle.
Come join us, play with creative thinking, and discover a tool which will help you bring observation, reflection and response to life in your work. Please bring one or two printed photos from your classroom to use as inspiration. Your first sketch notebook is on us!
Susan Stacey is a teacher educator who supports both experienced educators and student ECEs on
their journey through emergent curriculum, inquiry-based practices, and pedagogical documentation. She enjoys incorporating the Arts, Invitations, and Children’s Literature into her work with teachers. Susan’s books include Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings; Unscripted: Emergent
Curriculum in Action; Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood; and Inquiry-based Early Learning Environments all published by Redleaf Press. Susan currently teaches curriculum courses at NSCECE and consults with educators in Nova Scotia and around Canada. Her website can be found at www.suestacey.ca.