THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00pm ET
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Researchers who study children under the age of three describe them as scientists seeking to make sense of people, objects, and events. How infants and toddlers do this and how we can support them in doing so is the subject of this webinar.
We will build on key research to explore how very young children construct knowledge within the context of everyday experiences, including play spaces, the caregiving routines, and moments of conversation and interaction.
Using photo documentation, we will observe and interpret together children's play and interactions as a way to experience teaching and learning that respects infants' and toddlers' inherent ways of making meaning.
Those working with infants and toddlers will discover how to create a simple written plan -- based on observing, documenting, and interpreting—that simultaneously charts curriculum, assesses learning, engages families, and promotes professional development.
About the Presenter:
Mary Jane Maguire-Fong serves as faculty for the WestEd Program for Infant Toddler Care and holds an Infant-Parent Mental Health Certificate from the University of Massachusetts. She is an author, teacher, consultant, and retired professor of early childhood education. She has been a preschool teacher, an infant center director, and an administrator of early childhood programs serving families in the migrant farm worker community. Her work is inspired by the philosophy of teaching used in the birth to five programs in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is the author of the Teachers College Press bestseller Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers: Where Meaning Making Begins.