Pedagogic pointers for reflection and dialogue
Our most recent early years teaching newsletters have a new feature which supports your team dialogue around pedagogy and practice dilemmas and reflective practice.
You could use the pedagogic pointers in a staff meeting, self-evaluation exercise or in team meetings. Ideally, use it as an opportunity for evaluation, reflection and then team and setting development. Start with an understanding about how you will treat each other respectfully in the dialogue, share ideas and viewpoints, and take time to explore and find out about dilemmas that might arise. Do let us know how you get on.
PP 1: How do you listen to children and respond to what they say?
Choose some questions below to reflect upon
- In what ways do you actively LISTEN to children and really show interest in what they have to say?
- Reflect on the amount of time you give to each child to speak and share their opinions, and how long you wait (and pause) to listen to a child’s thoughts or reply.
- How do you demonstrate that you value what children think and have to say?
- In what ways do you consult with them about their day and seek their thoughts and opinions?
- Think about the value and priority during the day / week / term you place on hearing children’s thoughts and opinions.
- How do we listen to children who might not use speech, or might not be confident to speak? What other ways can we hear their views?
Useful links to support your dialogue
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) give clarity on the commitments
Articles 3, 5, 12, 13, 23, 29, 39 focus on this aspect and particularly articles 12 and 13
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child): Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters a ecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Article 13 (freedom of expression): Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions
- Children and young people’s commissioner Scotland UN CRC in other languages
- CYPCS simplified list for children
- UNICEF child friendly resources
- Talking point (I CAN) website
- Research paper for deeper thinking: Clark, Alison and McQuail, Susan and Moss, Peter, Great Britain. Department for Education and Skills, corp creator. (2003) Exploring the field of listening to and consulting with young children. [ Research report (Great Britain. Department for Education and Skills); no. 445]
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