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Creativity in the Early Years
Sat, May 27, 2017, 8:30 AM – Sun, May 28, 2017, 1:00 PM AEST
“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No-one can do more”
The vital connections between creative expression, play, imagination and innovation are well documented; as is the significance of plentiful opportunities for creative and open-ended experiences in the early years of life. Early Childhood Services and Schools are proud subscribers to these beliefs yet many are at odds with young children’s imaginative and creative dispositions (Wright, 2010).
How can we understand young children’s creativity in more depth? To what extent is young children’s creativity a shared and social experience rather than solely an individual pursuit? What are the implications for teachers who wish to recognise, value and support children’s creativity as an ongoing process of meaning-making?
This workshop explores the many faces of creativity in the early years and provides participants an opportunity to look both at the theory and the practice behind creative early learning experiences. This is an interactive workshop where participants will be expected to engage practically and theoretically with different forms of creative thinking, tinkering, collaboration and expression.
Cultivate a deeper understanding of the relationship between play, creativity and innovation.
Develop greater awareness of the role that cognition plays in the creative process; as a strategy for making meaning.
Develop a deeper understanding of how to recognise, plan for and celebrate children’s creative acts.
Experience creative collaboration with fellow participants as they co-construct understandings and explore different learning experiences.
Participants will need to bring:
a smock or apron and wear comfortable clothes for movement experiences
an iPad or laptop for documenting learning
a photo of a 'creative learning moment' (can be of anyone at any age) which they are willing to share with the group
a small collection of 'loose parts' (can be natural or man-made objects
Early Years Teachers and Leaders
Workshop Leader Biography: Fiona Zinn
Fiona is an Educational Consultant based in Hobart, Australia. Drawing on 25 years of classroom and leadership experience across early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors, Fiona currently collaborates with international schools to boldly re-imagine early years pedagogy and learning environments in response to research. Much of her work and research finds strong resonance with the ideas of Reggio Emilia. Fiona lectures at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education and, since 2004, has been elected to the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange National Committee where she convenes the REAIE Professional Learning Project Group. Fiona presents professional development workshops throughout Asia-Pacific and also works with the International Baccalaureate as a Professional Development Educator, Field Representative, Global Curriculum Writer and Workshop Developer.
Saturday 27 May
8.30 - 9.00 Introduction to the conference
9.00 - 10.30 Session One
10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)
11.00 - 1.00 Session Two
1.00 - 1.45 Lunch (lunch provided)
1.45 - 3.45 Session Three
Sunday 28 May
8.30 - 10.30 Session Four
10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)
11.00 - 1.00 Session Five (conclusion of workshop)
All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.
Early Bird Fee: US$300.00
Registration fee after the 27 March 2017: US$330.00
Registration fee after the 27 April 2017: US$360.00
Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 27 April, 2017 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed. If the workshop is proceeding you will not receive an email.
If Innovative Global Education is informed by by 27 April, 2017 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 27 April, 2017 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.
If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant at any time
The hotel we recommended by the host school is the
Novotel, St Kilda: http://www.novotelstkilda.com.au/
The hotel is approximately a 5 minute drive from the school campus
Participants to inform on booking that you are attending IGE Conference. You will be entitled to a 10% discount on room prices at the time of booking.
Note: Novotel has set up an online booking process for participants. Please use the link below:
Transportation to and from Caulfield Grammar:
Parking at Caulfield Grammar:
For those coming by car, there is some parking on site at Gate 1 (no parking in Gate 2 or 3) but there may be Saturday sport so parking would be limited. There is parking outside around the campus.
Coming by train:
For those coming by train, the campus is about a 10min walk from Ripponlea train station.