Graduates encouraged to Take Another Look in Christchurch
The importance of not relying on surface first looks and delving deeper when caring for young children was shared at New Zealand Tertiary College’s graduation ceremony in Christchurch on Tuesday 9 April.
Acknowledging the fundamental role that NZTC graduates play as nurturers of the next generation, NZTC Chief Executive Selena Fox encouraged all early childhood educators to always take another look and be constantly curious in their practice.
Announcing NZTC’s collaboration with New Shoots publishing and Curiate to launch a 3rd edition of Pat Penrose’s seminal text Take Another Look, Fox said, “Graduates, you know to your professional core the importance of observing, really seeing, intentionally noticing, and then acting for children on the basis of your evidence observed, to serve them well. It is your daily early childhood teacher life.”
To support graduates with the next stage of their careers, NZTC specially gifted a copy of the book to each graduate in attendance.
Selena Fox with Dr Chip Donohue
The importance of appropriate technological use with children was also shared and acknowledged as Dr Chip Donohue, international ECE expert in technology and digital media in the early years, was awarded an NZTC Fellowship of Honour in recognition of his 17 year contribution to the college.
His work began alongside Selena Fox in 2002 as they focused on building and implementing an online learning platform. The platform now known as NZTC Online supports over one thousand students each year to complete their studies online in full or part.
“Chip’s contribution to the early childhood profession is significant. Chip is the leading voice on innovative online teaching and learning and appropriate use of technology with young children. NZTC is who it is today – offering flexible opportunities of learning that every student and each graduate here today has engaged in because of the gift of his contribution,” said Fox.
Graduate speaker Kay Proud shared the challenges and triumphs of her learning journey, which culminated in a reflection on the importance of early childhood educators’ influence on children.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace, in their own way, and I am so grateful that through my own perseverance I can teach children that we are always learning, that nothing is impossible, and that we all have the ability to succeed as we all have today,” said Proud.