A short watch which is thought-provoking and worthy of reflective discussion amongst colleagues.
I use a book club format when using film as a professional reflection tool, with questions to prompt discussion and thinking. For example:
What makes up Libby’s world?
How does Libby feel?
How do her parents feel?
What are her parents’ motivations?
What has informed her grandmother’s understanding of Libby’s capabilities?
How do you think society views people with hearing impairments (current and/or historical understanding)?
What is the role of the social worker?
Where is the line between state and parental responsibility?
What support is available for children with hearing impairments, parents, professionals?
What could improve the outcomes of children with hearing impairments?
Where does early years education fit in to this?
How did the film make you feel?
Will the film change your practice? If so, how?
This list isn’t exhaustive but it captures some of the main elements of discussions I’ve had on the film – your team will be different and bring different experiences to the discussion. Let me know if you have any other suggestions to include!
Synopsis: A deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.
I was lucky enough to secure a late tour session with the super Sally Thomas to view the latest in the series of best practice spaces she has developed in collaboration with Norfolk County Council’s Early Years Achievement Team.
From early mathematical skills to learning to code, story-telling and meaning making as part of literacy development and a keen enthusiasm for exploring and investigating the world around – I thoroughly enjoyed this training given by Norfolk County Council.
My favourite activities at the pre-school in recent weeks have been our trips to the beach. We are lucky in our geographical location that we have a beautiful beach with a variety of natural resources on offer (for example, chalk and rock pools) within easy walking distance. We aim to extend children’s interests beyond the confines of our setting as often as possible when appropriate (in response to child-initated ideas).
My favourite app of the moment is the TED Talks application. The app description reads: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” Its genius is in its simplicity; a collection of short (3-18 minute) TED talks, updated on a daily basis, on such a variety of topics that you can easily skip from neurobiological researchers talking about phantom limbs to a man discussing why it’s important that children have access to real power tools (rest assured, the two talks weren’t linked). All the information of the TED website in one tiny pixellated box.Read More »