1. Aspects of early years maths
How early years children develop mathematical thinking(a 33-minute listen). This is a superb podcast from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM website) that accompanies their new early years section. These experts in early years maths talk us through 8 aspects including comparison, cardinality, subitising, conservation, composition, pattern, shape and space, and measures. Their pages of early years resourceshave more on these key areas of mathematics.
2. Interview with Helen Oxenbury
It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of picture books and their authors and illustrators. An interview with Helen Oxenbury on Radio 4 woman’s hour(this is at 36.55 minutes in, for a 6-minute listen) is an absolute treasure and a great treat. I love hearing about how she drew the bear in ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ to portray the emotion saying, ‘well it’s all in the shoulders’. (I have written more about this and other picture books in a previous newsletter).
3. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama has recently released her book called Becoming. You can hear her read from her memoirs in five episodes on Radio 4(the omnibus is a 1 hour 10 minute listen – but hurry, the podcast expires Christmas Eve). I found listening to her story, sharing her journey and convictions extremely uplifting.
This article in the TES Michelle Obama ‘moved, touched and inspired’ by London school girlsshares more about her visit to the UK.
4. School readiness
School readiness: the flaws every teacher needs to know about(a 34-minute listen) TES podogogy is with Dr Louise Kay who researches early childhood education. This interview is both in-depth and informative and is an essential listen for us all involved in early years. Louise clarifies the difference between transition into school reception class from home or other setting, and the transition into year one, and the skills and expectations from different stakeholders. She also talks about developmental readiness, and different perspectives in this ‘school ready’ concept.
5. Inspiring mathematics
Five principles of extraordinary math teaching(a 15-minute watch and you can skip the adverts) by Dan Finkel, TEDx Rainier. This is a stimulating talk about inspiring mathematics and promoting inquisitive children, asking open questions and reassuring us that we do not need to know all the answers, but that we can find out together. “Not knowing is not failure: it is the first step to understanding.” Dan states. He also affirms that play is where mathematical thinking can flourish, saying “We have the power to help mathematical thinking to flourish everywhere”.
6. Babies and their wonderful world
Babies: their wonderful world(a one-hour watch per episode) is a series of 3 episodes featured on BBC Two entitled “Becoming you”, “Becoming social” and “Becoming independent”. The episodes share research, experiments and knowledge about baby and child development in the first two years.
They are narrated by Dr Guddi Singh who is a developmental paediatrician working in Newham, East London. She is interviewed about her work and this series on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s hour(from 32.45 mins in: a 10-minute listen).
7. PEDAL seminar: prescription for play
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, who many of us heard speak at our Early Education AGM last May presents A prescription for play: why play fosters social and cognitive development(a1 hour listen) at the Play in education, development and learning (PEDAL) seminar in May 2018.
The whole PEDAL video collectionis an early educator’s delight with so many videos of experts talking about aspects of play and pedagogy. Take your pick from their archive.
This page was taken from our December 2018 edition of Teaching News, written by Cathy Gunning.