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Dispositions for Joyful Learners, with David Gilkes – Auckland

July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Monday 15 July, 3:00-6:00pm

AUT Millennium, Rosedale

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

$120.00 per person, including light refreshments

Dispositions matter. We know that the attitudes and habits of mind we bring to situations are crucial for lifelong learning. Curiosity, empathy, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, and risk-taking are just some of the dispositions we see children embodying each day. Looking through the lens of dispositions, along with big ideas and concepts, help us as educators to stretch thinking and co-design learning experiences with children which are joyful, authentic, and engaging.

So how do we purposefully notice, respond, and plan for dispositions? What dispositions do we need as adults who work alongside the thinking, researching child? And what environmental contexts might support dispositions? Through sharing stories from practice, and opportunities for discussion, David will reconnect us with the importance of reflecting on ‘what’s worth knowing’ and embracing joyful possibilities.

David Gilkes has been involved in early years education in Australia for 30 years, the majority of this time working as a teacher alongside 4 and 5 year old children and their families. In 2014, David was awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Award for Innovation in Early Childhood. He has been Director of an Early Learning Centre in Canberra and an Early Years Network Leader in the Tasmanian Department of Education. David spent eight years as convener of the Tasmanian Reggio Emilia Network, part of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange. He has participated in numerous study tours to Reggio Emilia, as well as Forest Schools in Denmark. David now works full time as an Education Consultant and considers himself a lifelong, curious learner and a proud wobbler of thinking.


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Dispositions for Joyful Learners
$ 120.00


July 15
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


AUT Millennium, Rosedale, Auckland
26 Yates Road, Mangere East
Auckland, 2024 New Zealand
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