walking with moles and badgers, fairies and ghosts

Worms_Head_GowerI arrived mid afternoon at a place I’ve never been before to meet a person I’ve never spoken to before.

Dr Sue Lyle, Director of Dialogue Exchange (www.dialogueexchange.com) proposed a walk to blow off the cobwebs.

And blown we were by icy Atlantic winds as we trekked ‘in the dying light‘ across the dramatic landscape of the Gower peninsula near Swansea in South Wales.  Here in this ancient land where fact merges with fiction, we followed the paths of moles and badgers, fairies and ghosts, wild ponies and wild poets, and got to know each other.

Sue is a teacher trainer, a prolific writer and a passionate promoter of Philosophy for Children (P4C) and has so generously programmed my next three days.  The current focus of Sue’s research is how children make meaning through talk and particularly the role of collaborative learning and P4C on young children’s learning.

Home now and after homemade soup and fresh baked bread I climbed into bed with a pile of reading material.   Tomorrow is a talk day.

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discovering blog gems

Three weekends left, all appointments reconfirmed and now time for further research.  I’m uncovering some great blog gems.

Things that are important by Suzanne Axellson.  A mission for preschoolers using cameras to decide what’s important.

Schemas in Children’s Play by Clare Caro.  Taking the time to understand schemas so you can facilitate them when you see them.  

The Adult Role in Child-led Play How to become a Learning Ally by Clare Caro.  

Storypark – What does it take to achieve an ‘Excellent’ NQS rating? by Narelle Dawson, Director/Teacher at Bribie Island Community Kindergarten.