As a natural flow on from my interest in all things about early childhood education, when my children entered the world of 'School Life' I became increasingly interested in education per-say, in what was taking place not only in our local schools, but globally. 

Whilst observing and experiencing the education system as a parent I found myself reflecting back on my own experiences of the public education system (Victoria, Australia). 

I wanted to be a well informed parent so that I could best support my children through their education journey. From this grew a keen interest in current research around education together with personal experiences of many individuals, parents, children and of course teachers

I have found some interesting things along my journey......this is a space to share some of my finds.....some are real gems......some thought provoking....some just great is a place to gather them together so that they may be useful to someone else.

My recipe for a supportive educational environment would include:  
developmentally appropriate program, based on current research around learning and human development.

A holistic and integrated learning environment where children have opportunities to develop to their full potential.

A safe, caring, harmonious environment conducive to working, learning and developing self-worth. 

Programs that are tailored around individual needs, strengths, interests and talents.

A focus of learning ‘how to learn' and 'where to find information when needed’ as opposed to the ability to memorise and regurgitate information - real learning.

Programs that enhance reasoning and thinking skills to ensure the capacity to critically analyse information for informed decision making as applied to both academic skills and life skills.

A program where personal development, health, physical education, performing arts and creative arts are valued with the same importance as english and mathematical programs.

A strong connection to nature.

The nurturing of trusting relationships, co-operation, mutual respect, responsible and caring attitudes and social equality.

Educators that are engaging and have enthusiasm for the enjoyment of lifelong learning.

From my scrapbook of  favourite quotes - Michelle Jose`



Educational Research and Programs...

But How Do They Learn To Read? by Teacher Tom Link 

The Finnish Experience - well worth the read!

Carol Dweck on the The Power of 'YET' 
Carol talks about a school that gives a 'not yet' score in place of a 'Fail'. This give the message to the student that they are on a learning curve and that abilities can be developed. She discusses how this creates a Growth Mindset, so important for the future of all students. Well worth the watch! Link 

Early Life Foundations
"Early Life Foundations provides expertise and support to parents, educators and organisations to create optimal parenting, learning and educational environments for children birth to 12 years. The organisation prides itself on our knowledge base and expertise and on maintaining an independent voice on the national and international stage for children’s development, teaching and learning, research and parenting." Link

A Guide for bringing Knitting and Spinning into the classroom - includes educational benefits  Have you ever wondered whether handwork, such as knitting, crafting and whittling, is good for your child? - Link 
Supporting the importance of play time in education
Why children Fidget: And What we can do about it Link

On Standardised Assessments in Schools - Pasi Sahlberg (former director-general of education in Finland)  Australia falling behind in education due to NAPLAN Link

"The Effort Effect"by Marina Krakovsky presenting studies by Carol Dweck (Stanford Psychologist)
"Students for whom performance is paramount want to look smart even if it means not learning a thing in the process. For them, each task is a challenge to their self-image, and each setback becomes a personal threat. So they pursue only activities at which they’re sure to shine—and avoid the sorts of experiences necessary to grow and flourish in any endeavor. Students with learning goals, on the other hand, take necessary risks and don’t worry about failure because each mistake becomes a chance to learn. Dweck’s insight launched a new field of educational psychology—achievement goal theory". Link

The best collection of quotes relating to education - by Early Life Foundations Link
Thought provoking...
Ken Robinson on Why Schools Kill Creativity - The case for nurturing creativity in schools. Link

Earth Day Ideas From My School to Yours (28/03/2014) Link
Severn Suzuki speaking at UN Earth Summit 1992 Link
Life Long Learning....
David Suzuki  (Environmentalist) interview on One Plus One ABC Jan 2014 -The things that motivate his life on this planet. Link
Teaching Links
Creative Math: Rainbow Math Sticks with Juliet Robertson (Outdoor Learning and Play) Link

Empathy: Chapter Books that teach empathy:

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