Jack was a great little kid; he got to like me so much that when he came into the clinic he would give me a big grin, stagger up to me and then thump me to show his affection! Jack had a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia which made it difficult for him to walk, talk, move, coordinate… and also made him very disinhibited (hence my affectionate thumps!). While blocks or construction or building had always been far too hard for Jack to do, in the clinic play room we had some magnetic blocks supplied by Educational Experience and they just clicked magically together. Jack couldn’t get the grin off his face; he was actually able to construct something and so he headed magnetically to those magnetic click together materials every visit.
Developing Emotional Intelligence
NAPLAN Season is upon us again; that time of the year when teachers, parents and students begin their ‘familiarisation’ (read coaching) of the now annual diagnostic literacy and numeracy examination. We all know the value of literacy and numeracy to a child’s well-being. As a broad foundation of learning, literacy and numeracy are vital to developing well-rounded students.
One of the key areas that can help children develop empathy for others is focusing on a child’s emotional development.
This Harmony Month we have another insightful feature from Dr John Irvine exploring the importance of emotional intelligence. A child's ability to relate to others on an emotional level is a vital skill that will enable a child to expand their view of the world.
Imagine the greatest change an individual could experience. A new country, a new culture, a new language, a new life. Every educational setting faces many barriers to learning. How can you support this kind of rapid and confronting change?A quick glance at the 2011 Census results provides an insight into how important developing the literacy skills of those young learners who speak other languages at home is. According to the ABS, there are over 150 000 homes that speak two or more languages at home, this is 20% of homes in Australia and provides distinct and unique challenges early childhood and primary educators.