The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and Smart Art workshops held in Toowoomba were a success. Feedback was mostly positive and the less positive comments will inform future workshop planning.
Evaluations demonstrate that Smart Art with recycled materials was loved and that a cognitive shift has begun. There were a plethora of comments around plastic facts (plastic is forever, never breaks down completely, is a serial killer to marine life and there are two huge plastic dumps bobbing around our oceans) and extended discussions on the changes participants can make to stop their plastic use washing into the oceans.
The depth of adult understanding and willingness to embrace small changes in their art and craft programs absolutely cemented the worthiness of the EYLF framework's expectation of using what is readily available in the environment.
Under EYLF, technologies (includes the built up environment) and environment are used as teachable moments in an intentional teaching pedagogy. Our days are stacked with environmental teachable moments but we must first educate ourselves so that we have the environmental intelligence to recognise them.
Self Educational material
To the Toowoomba participants of the EYLF and Smart Art workshops: thanks for being such an eager and intelligent group. I really look forward to hearing from you and finding out how your practices have changed since attending the workshops.