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Meeting in Poland

A second short-term joint staff training event was held in Inclusive school No 25 and Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz (Poland)  from 17th to 21th October, 2016. 

The main goals of this meeting were: to discuss play as a strategy supporting learning by children in the early childhood education; to analyze the sensitive role of an adult in narrative play;  to observe activities performed by children during a narrative play (emotionalism and experiencing, engagement); to select criteria for a story/problem as a tool to „open” narration; reflect insights in teachers’ pedagogical documentation/diaries.

Activity in Poland:

Day 1. Visiting Kazimierz Wielki University (UKW) in Bydgoszcz. Presentation of the University strategy for education development in Bydgoszcz and the kuyavian-pomeranian region. Presenting the NEPL project implementation in Poland and other countries. 

Day 2. Identification of problems in individual countries; questions, problems, dilemmas and difficulties related to selection criteria for story/problem as a tool to open narration in individual countries (lectures, small group work and discussions; reflections –teachers’ and researchers’ perspectives). 

Day 3. Presentation of school cultural resources – School Headmaster, Beata Mendry. Presentation of cultural resources in Form I and  Form III – Ewa Kapczyńska and Sylwia Chudy. Afternoon discussion about the role of reflection and pedagogical documentation in planning teachers’ and learners’ activities. 

Day 4. Observation and analysis of a narrative play prepared by local teachers and researchers – discussion and reflection. Experiencing, Emotionalism, Engagement, Children’s participation in a narrative play. Self-evaluation of the NEPL teachers’ activities. Meeting with parents - reflections regarding changes in the behaviour of children participating in the NEPL project.

Day 5. Summerising the experiences based on training activities. Increasing the understanding of a narrative play as a strategy for child development and learning. Defining similarities and differences in a narrative play organised at school and in the kindergarten. Planning the next meeting in England. Awarding participants with professional development certificates.

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