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Diary

In this blog we are posting news from around the network, reflections on general news items and other broad-ranging items of interest. Current contributors are Sightlines Initiative directors Robin Duckett, Liz Elders, Debi Keyte Hartland and Chris Merrick.

Lost and Found

in Tryon Creek Park: Brent Wojahn/The Oregonian

In our professional development work we are often talking about the importance of being prepared to 'get lost'; ready for the unexpected, the new view, puzzle, and encounter.

A Sightlines' Community member has sent us this poem, following a discussion about the value of getting off the path, immersed in the experience of deep woods (we were investigating a possible woodland to use for a Learning in Nature course next year.) 

A most wonderful reminder, I thought: here's to us all taking those steps: adults and children, adventuring.

I hope you enjoy it too:

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Educator Wanted: Madeley Nursery School, Telford

the tenderness of looking

One of our network schools is looking for new staff. Even if it's not for you, do take the opportunity to view their website: it very elegantly represents the establishment's thoughtfulness, vision and values.

Early Years Keyworker / Educator

"The Governors at Madeley Nursery School are seeking to appoint an Early Years Keyworker / Educator to join the team at this friendly and creative school. The role requires the highest level of professionalism, creativity and enthusiasm for the education and care of young children and deep commitment to personal professional development.

Madeley Nursery is a dynamic school with fantastic children and families, set in the south Telford area.

If you are fascinated, energised and inspired by the approaches of the preschools in Reggio Emilia; if you wish to be involved in a school that offers great professional development and a friendly and supportive school community then contact the school for more information.

Madeley Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and an enhanced DBS disclosure will be requested for the successful candidate.

Informal visits to the school are welcome. Please telephone the school to arrange an appointment on (01952) 388210.

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  • Part-time permanent
  • 24.5 hours per week term time (plus 1 week for PD days)
  • This contract will require the successful applicant to work every afternoon during term time.
  • Scale 6 depending on experience (£13,080 – 14,461)

Closing date for applications Monday 4th July at 12:00pm"

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Questing and 'going beyond' ...

As Jerome Bruner died just a few days ago, I was revisiting a 2014 interview: "The main point of teaching and educating" says Bruner, " is to get them [children, learners] to think and share about their notions of 'where this leads'; to go beyond the information given …"

Jerome Bruner (Jerry to friends),  dedicated psychologist  was fascinated by the dynamic, optimistic processes of human learning, and overjoyed when he first encountered the work and qualities of the preschools of Reggio Emilia some 20 years ago.

Ken Robinson, in a 2013 presentation which happened to be sitting right next to this Youtube recording, also insists: "education is a human system."

They both talk about 'rules of learning': they are principles which we certainly agree with - I think you'll also agree when you listen to them: they are important friends for us to have. 

Here they are: get ready for a good dose of  clarity and optimism:

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