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Ensuring that children have voice in their learning. Their ideas and interests initiate, support and extend learning possibilities in order to build on their real-world understandings and experiences.

'Agentic' unpacked

Teachers may:

Children may:

  • provide opportunities for children to make decisions about their own learning

  • respond to children by incorporating their ideas and interests into classroom planning and practice

  • build on children's real-world understandings and experiences

  • provide opportunities for children to collaboratively plan for, co-construct and reflect on their learning.

  • make decisions about their own learning

  • contribute their ideas and interests to learning conversations and environments

  • recognise that their real-world understandings and experiences are acknowledged and valued

  • work in partnership with the teacher to plan for, co-construct and reflect on their learning.

"...children are skilful in sharing the responsibility of control with peers and adults... the most effective teachers... show[ed] an equal balance between child-initiated and adult-initiated activities".

To find out more read the Age-appropriate pedagogies for the early years of schooling: Foundation paper pdf version Adobe PDF document1.3M - word version. Microsoft® Word document 88K

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This page was last reviewed on 20 Jul 2016

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Characteristics support teacher reflection

Use the Examples of practice to see how one teacher aligned curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in her Prep classroom.

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