Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016

Jill McLachlan

Invited Speaker

Jill McLachlan

Invited Speaker

Biography

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.