Unswaddling Pedagogy: Celebrating Strengths & Differences
Date(s) - Sep 13, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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In very practical, joyful, playful ways, the workshop will engage with the concepts and practices of swaddling, unswaddling and non-swaddling pedagogies, bringing to the attention of the audience the pivotal role of early education in the designs of life. The presentation will also focus on the “missing beginnings”- the reasons why there is a globally present disconnect between early education and school education. Dr. Annabella Cant will share findings from her research to motivate the audience to think with the concepts and better understand the privilege of working with young children. She will continue the conversation on the introduced concepts and will share two examples of swaddling pedagogies: the “Moulding” one and the “Not-yet” one. Also, she will introduce the theory and practice of Imaginative Education – a pedagogy that she considers close to being unswaddling – together with her contributions to it, contributions that emphasize the period at the beginning of life: 0 to 5. Participants will get a glimpse of children’s genuine capacity for openness and wonder by feeling it themselves. Annabella will remind her participants how to be joyful, playful, and open, and why these states of mind provoke deep and long-lasting learning in children.
Suitable for all early learning professionals and parents.
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Professional Development Certificate Credit Hours
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Dr Annabella Cant is a professor in Early Childhood Education at Capilano University and sessional instructor of the Master of Education in Imaginative Education at Simon Fraser University. Annabella received the 2019 Teaching Excellence Award from her university. She is also an invited keynote speaker at many ECCE conferences and events. Annabella is a member of the Academic Council of the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture, and Education. She is also the initiator and editor-in-chief of the online journal: Childhoods and Pedagogies. She has been practicing ECCE since 1994; in 1999 she started opening her own child care centres in Europe (her schools were dedicated to children with very diverse backgrounds and abilities). She collaborated with several orphanages and organizations and welcomed all children. Her newest publication, Unswaddling Pedagogy (2017), is a book for educators and parents. Her new pedagogical lens—the unswaddling pedagogy—is inspired and fueled by the stories she has lived. Her passions are her family and puppy, running, and creating an inclusive world.