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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 55 Winter 2014
3 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • WINTER 2014 - ISSUE 55 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the winter issue of Reflections and another fine selection of articles to inform and challenge your thinking and your everyday practices. PhD student Sandra Grant presents a balanced approach to early language and literacy learning and development, sharing reflections on her own practice and recommending strategies to be considered in your own ECEC environment. Having read this article, I am sure you will look forward to her follow up article in the Spring edition of Reflections. In an article written jointly by teachers Alison Wyllie, Fiona Stary and Kimberley Kippin, we follow children's active engagement in decision making when presented with the task of considering what other children need to know when they first come into a new program. Called 'You can't put your forks in the toilet', the title reflects the children's suggestion of some of the things new children need to know, such as ... You can't put any forks in the toilet, the toilet will get blocked -- of course! This article will make you smile, as well as inspiring you to see your own program through new eyes. YOU are a superhero! And so are many of the children you teach! Teena Piccini shares ideas and discussions around the issues of superhero play, promoting a better understanding of this type of play and sharing some unexpected results. We are delighted that Rhonda Livingstone, National Educational Leader for ACECQA, has taken the time to provide some pointers and ideas to support services working towards assessment. Using a model called 'dilemma stories', Lynne Rutherford describes an inservice initiative which focuses on different perspectives and critical reflection with staff supported to examine and discuss incidents and to reflect and learn together. In our final article in this issue, Lorraine Madden and Cristyn Davies describe the benefits of reading groups to provide a vehicle for reflective discussion. Conducted through teleconferencing, this study demonstrates the potential of this type of initiative for enriching practice and extending thinking. Beyond the initiatives described here, there are some great opportunities for professional development, not just to "dot the i's and cross the t's" , but to really feel energised, knowledgeable and confident in what we do. Sift through the professional development in your state or territory. Look for those who offer workshops and presentations to sustain your interest and support you to continue to research your ideas and actions. Find a network for other professionals and TALK. Thank you to all those who have contributed to this issue of Reflections, and thank you to those who take the time to read it. Gowrie Australia is always eager to hear your thoughts and see your ideas on paper. Long winter nights are hitting our shores and our vast interior, so why not put pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard, and write an article to share your thoughts, your practices or your research. We look forward to hearing from you! Jane Bourne On behalf of Gowrie Australia Natalie Grenfell -- Gowrie NSW Andrew Hume -- Gowrie Victoria Jane Bourne -- The Gowrie (QLD) Inc Kaye Colmer -- Gowrie SA Tonia Westmore -- The Gowrie (WA) Inc Ros Cornish -- Lady Gowrie Tasmania GOWRIE CEOs 20 Back Cover - National & International Conference Updates 4 Finding a Balanced Approach to Early Language and Literacy Learning and Development 8 Essential Components for Improved NQS Ratings 11 "You can't put forks in the toilet."... children's voices in action 14 The Possibilities of Superhero Play 16 Sharing a Successful Leadership Initiative 18 Reading Groups as a Method of Reflective Practice -- implications for practice Access an e-copy of Reflections at: www.gowrie-brisbane.com.au www.gowriesa.org.au www.gowriensw.com.au www.gowrie-tas.com.au www.gowrievictoria.org.au www.gowrie-wa.com.au
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