Early Learning in Education
Embrace the power of play!
Duane helped us develop our action plan, working with our needs and limitations. He gave excellent advice and was able to explain large concepts in simple steps. Duane visited our campus two times in the 2016-2017 school year. Each visit included observations, small group meetings and formal conference style workshop sessions. Teachers found his suggestions extremely useful, differentiated and individualized. It is without hesitation I recommend Duane Smith to be a consultant for you as you embark on this exciting journey.
I now understand how pedagogy supports learning and how learning is supported by a team connected to a common understanding of how children learn – with a focus that acts as a lens for collaborative conversation and planning for the next steps in learning.
Duane has both experience and capacity to value-add to school improvement agenda’s, offering face-to-face consultancy and workshops to:
Duane has experience as a workshop leader, conference presenter, team leader and network co-ordinator. He builds cohesion and collaboration to assist schools in identifying their strategic direction.
Instructional coaching and establishing professional learning communities are also a part of his model for success in the Early Years. Duane works with teachers, assistants, team leaders and administrators to identify realistic and actionable targets that will support schools to provide the best possible program to develop engaging and innovative systems to enhance student agency and inspiring learning environment for teaching and learning.
I often regard myself as a curator of knowledge for teachers, teams and schools, to empower them in their quest to become the best that can possibly be.
I recently came across the work of John Spencer, where he shares his thoughts about PBL, asking ‘What do students learn when they engage in collaborative projects?’
I would like to invite you to view my Google Communities, curating your own knowledge based on your needs or interests…