Jill McLachlan is an early childhood educator and leader, currently working at Northern Beaches Christian School, a K-12 school in Terrey Hills, Sydney. She works there as both a Stage 1 classroom teacher and as the K-2 Community Leader. Since beginning teaching Jill has been exploring the role of Pedagogical Documentation as a research and advocacy tool in schools and considering the role of the teacher as co-researcher with children. Of particular interest has been the way in which Pedagogical Documentation enables teachers to walk alongside children, listen to them, celebrate their voices, and leave a trace of their thinking and theories.
Jill’s work continues to challenge the positioning of the teacher with ‘power over’ children and their experiences, offering instead a hopeful, and alternate, positioning of teachers as engaged and present companions with children as they learn and live out their lives in school. Jill has also recently co-authored the book, “Unearthing Why?: Stories of thinking and learning with children”, with her colleague and friend Clare Britt. The book brings together a collection of stories to make visible, and open to question, the intersection between theory and practice in the daily life of educators.