Last Friday, we had a very good session with the first year of 2+2 Early Years. We shared what publications/resources we read in order to develop our knowledge, stay in touch with the profession and get a competitive advantage (e.g. in developing the career). That's what we read, watch, listen and subscribe to:
- Teachers.tv (http://www.teachers.tv; also available on Freeview) - a great source of video for teachers and teaching.
- School research online - email update (a link needed! If you know it, please sent it to me!)
- Times Education Supplement + TES Connect (http://www.tes.co.uk/) - arguably the most important British education publication
- Every Child Matters - (http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters) - the Department of Children, Schools and Families resource for Every Child Matters programme.
- Governors' Updates - a number of students serve as school governors and as such receive valuable updates relevant to their role.
- Scouting Magazine (http://www.scoutingmagazine.org)
- Early Years Foundation Stage (http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/earlyyears) - another resources from the Department of Children, Schools and Families
- Social Text (http://socialtext.dukejournals.org) - a journal exploring social issues of the contemporary world
- Early Years Education (EYE) magazine - http://www.earlyyearseducator.co.uk/
- Fostering network (http://www.fostering.net) - some online services are available only to the paid members
- Google Alerts (http://www.google.com/alerts) is a good tool for monitoring new content on the web
- Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) - http://ecrp.uiuc.edu - a peer-reviewed e-journal
- iTunes U is a fantastic resource of video and audio materials, e.g. lectures, from the leading universities in USA and Britain. They can be downloaded to mp3 players and listened when you are cooking, commuting etc. learn more at http://www.apple.com/education/mobile-learning/ and watch a video "An introduction to iTunes U" on the same page. iTunes works on non-Apple computers too.
There was a general feeling that the patters of reading and information discovery have changed since the beginning of the course (and it was only four weeks ago!), e.g. more time is spent on reading quality texts and quality newspapers; more documentaries and topical TV programmes are watched; however, reading and watching TV for pleasure is also present as good professionals have to stay in touch with reality in its diversity, as well as being able to retreat - when necessary - into comforting books and TV.