Nathan Mikaere Wallis is part of the Brain Wave Trust, and X Factor Education, Christchurch.
This is a fantastic piece to listen to - well worth 25 minutes.
Makes me think about how I can promote children's thinking through my questions. Valuing the power of play.
*Build a thinker first
*Importance of social skills
*Power of play
*Don't just tell what to do, ask what they think and help
*Generate their own activity
*Play integrates so many of the senses and cognition
*Acquisition of social and emotional skills is very important
*Attune and be in relationship with the children
*Key competencies that underpin our curriculum are researched to be valuable