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Was wondering how to manage plannning in our foundation unit where I firmly believe in following children's interests (with a balance of adult initiated!) with someone who prefers topics. We're currently following the children's interests following observations when I plan for three weeks followed by three weeks of topic based work when the other teacher plans. the whole thing is becoming a mess. Any advice would be welcome.

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You need to be singing from the same hymn sheet, or you will find it really difficult with mixed appraoches.

Does your partner also think things are a mess and if so are you both identifying the same reasons, this may give you some common ground to move forward?

Good luck.

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Thanks Susan...other person thinks things are fine, I'll keep on going and hopefully things will change as more training courses happen etc...thanks

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Could you and your team go and visit some other settings to see how they function, learn a little of what their philosophy is etc. So often I have been inspired and re-energised when I have seen outstanding practice that has challenged my way of doing things.....

maybe worth a try? Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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  • 4 months later...
:o I don't know if I'm getting to old in the tooth for this lark but ..... I am really struggling with all the changes. I don't think I've got the balance right and find the new planning difficult to control. Perhaps thats it I'm a control freak! Any ideas and comment s would be grateful of how others balance cont. provision, focussed tasks and observations
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