When children encounter the world around them, with its materials and transforming state of being and becoming, they have many ideas, stories, and ideas of how things happen. We can tap into this internalised world of enquiry by listening and joining in with their thinking. When we listen and act upon their thoughts about the world, it opens up children to developing an ecological identity that involves richer relationships and understanding about the worlds of insects, plants and changes apparent in the world such as seasonal change, the interdependency of living things, and climate change.
This one-hour presentation includes case studies of children’s experiences of theorising about the world, it unpicks elements of what generates and contributes to an ecological identity, and invites us to consider our values about childhood, learning, knowledge and enquiry applicable to learning both outdoors and inside that is rich in learner agency, engagement, imagination and creativity.
This will be followed by the Branch AGM (11.30am-12pm): please see the notice and Call for Nominations below.
Debi Keyte-Hartland is an International Consultant and Artist Educator. She holds a MA in Education and has worked directly with teachers and leadership teams in the UK and internationally in developing creative and reflective approaches to learning and teaching that involves systemic change and school/settings improvement. Debi is an associate lecturer with Birmingham City University. She is also a Co-Director of Sightlines Initiative, the UK reference point for Reggio Children.
Debi’s long established UK and International experience can be used within settings to develop pedagogies of active observation, listening and reflection that give value to the learning processes of young children and enable educators to plan and sustain the complex interests of children.
Debi believes that all children are born creative and able to express themselves in many modalities and languages of expression. However, they must receive and be within environments that support and enable these strengths and competencies to grow and evolve.