10.3 Thinking with a pedagogical friend or collaborative group

People with their arms around each other
Photo by Helena Lopes is licensed under the Unsplash License.


Writing Activity 


Repeating the process from 5.3, but this time with a friend or colleague. Choose one of the provocations below and one or more of the writing prompts and practice writing and thinking with your community of practice.


Take a look at one or more the following:

Land as Teacher – Meeting at the Edge of the Bush

In this 8:17 video the viewer hears Hopi Martin explain Land as Teacher

“Now Playing” Teaser 

In this 9 minute video the viewer will examine why play is valuable to all of us

Mindful Reflection with Dr Leigh Burrows – Edufolios

In this 23 minute podcast the listener will explore how mindful reflection can lead to hearing your authentic voice

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. | TED Talk

In this 9 minute video Louie through his stunning photographs and words has us consider gratefulness

Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts

This article by Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. and David R. Williams, Ph.D. explore the racial disparities of the impact of Covid-19

Reflective Practice Building a Culturally [PDF]

This 18 page research paper explores a culturally responsive pedagogical framework

Blog | Early Childhood Pedagogy Network (blog-choose one post that resonates with you)

May I recommend What is Pedagogy?  as a place to start

Early Years Study 4 | voicEd (podcasts-choose one )

Each podcast is worth listening to

Writing Prompts:

  1. What do you notice about the child/ren? Their face, their demeanor, their competence. What captures your attention from viewing the photo, video or reading the article, how do your ideas differ from others?
  2. How do you feel when you are looking at the photo, watching the video or reading? Compare your thoughts with one other person or small group
  3. What questions do you have about the content considering the perspective of the child, their family, and desired learning outcomes?
  4. What delights you as you examine the material and how is this response related to your own values and background? Why is considering what touches your heart important to your practice as an educator?


Writing prompts adapted from A Thinking Lens for Reflective Teaching by Deb Curtis & Margie Carter, in collaboration with Ann Pelo in Learning Together with Young Children, used under fair dealing for educational purposes.


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