Jill McLachlan is an educator, thinker, author, business owner and a mum. In any given week, you can find her keynoting at a conference, writing from her home office, facilitating a workshop for a team of teachers or, throwing on yet another load of washing! Jill’s business, The Curious Teacher, provides a range of services to schools and early childhood settings.
Her much celebrated book ‘Unearthing Why’, co-authored with Clare Britt, brings together rich stories from practice, that celebrate children’s capacity to learn and think together. Whether she’s speaking, writing, teaching or leading – you can be sure Jill will be inviting educators to put rich theory into practice each and every day.
Who’s reading ‘Unearthing Why’?
“… we found ourselves partnering with them, instead of leading them, honoured to be their co-researchers, instead of positioned as the source of information and facts to be taught.” (p.191)
It has taken me too long to get around to reading this superb book. I am so glad I have! I nodded vigorously throughout. I have read a LOT of books about inquiry, about child-centred approaches etc but rarely do I read one that captures the true essence of what it means to really BE an inquirer as you teach as this book does. The writing is beautiful and the wisdom and experience Jill McLachlan and Clare Britt bring to the text shines on each page. Although the text is targeted at the early years there is so much we can learn for our work with ALL children. A recommended read indeed.Kath Murdoch, Education Consultant and Author of ‘The Power of Inquiry: Teaching and learning with curiosity, creativity and purpose in the contemporary classroom’
‘Unearthing Why’ is incredibly accessible. It offers fantastic insights into rethinking how educators work with children, families and each other. The stories from classroom contexts and personal reflections add so much to the well-articulated theory of this book. I can already think of a number of ways I can use it with colleagues.David Gilkes, Kindergarten Teacher & Education Consultant
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