Kriegler-Education specialises in consultacy and customised professional learning design for Preschool and Junior Primary Leaders, Educators and Curriculum Coordinators. Your professional goals and aspirations are the foundation for consultancy and course design. Whether face to face, or online, Kriegler-Education will help you develop innovative practices that will benefit your staff, students and education community.
Education & Learning
The foundation stone of Kriegler-Education’s philosophy is that education has the power to transform. It can transform identity, thinking, knowledge and culture. In short it has a profound impact on the world and is the pathway to a preferred future. Leaders, curriculum designers, educators, parents, clinicians all have a role to play.
Education is not a passive transmission or acquisition of knowledge. Education is constructed by active engagement of all involved. The agency of each participant needs to be acknowledged and respected, and beyond this, to be planned for and supported. Maya Angelou, the US writer, poet and philosopher, says, ‘If we know better, we can do better’.
I look forward to collaborating with you on all aspects of education!
There are many types of professional learning available to educators from single contacts in seminars and workshops to well-designed ongoing programs that stretch over multiple contacts. Research shows that professional learning is more effective and enduring if the educators have time to act and reflect between contacts, are able to track their progress using action research and are able to discuss their work and progress with others.
Kriegler-Education has three core professional learning initiatives: individual, collaborative and specific to the role of the early years educational leader (EL).
At its most effective, professional learning develops individual and collective capacity across the teaching profession to address current and future challenges (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), 2012).
Engaging young minds in the present, whilst paving the way for future learning.
Based on decades of experience, Lili-Ann Kriegler's book, Edu-Chameleon, outlines seven distinctive learning zones that operate in early education to enhance students' conceptual understanding.
From totally free play, along a continuum to direct teaching, the seven zones outline different curriculum intentions and methodologies. The book aims to honour the agency of both educator and student.
Learn the art and science of being an Edu-Chameleon.
"In this book Lili-Ann carefully takes the reader on a journey away from binary thinking, where free play is in opposition to knowledge acquisition, and asks us to reconsider our roles when working with young children. She invites educators to be active listeners and to see children's engagement and agency as paramount to learning.
She reminds us that learning is as much about emotion as it is cognitive and making connections and the transfer of knowledge should be our aim. Lili-Ann inspires educators to be intentional and aware of their practices and asks us to reconsider the role knowledge plays in early childhood education. She introduces us to her "7 learning zones" which are very helpful in analysing the role of the teacher and how our interactions with children mediate learning.
Her personal stories and experiences full of imagination and creativity are interwoven to make the concepts visible. It has been a joy to read and has given me another point of view to consider when working with students and teachers."
– Shana Upiter, ELC Coordinator, Mount Scopus Memorial College, Melbourne
16 July 2021
Author Lili-Ann Kriegler does not do things halfway, whether it be her love of golf or passion for education. Using the foundations of other scholarly work, she has created a model for play using seven learning zones. Targeting early educators and administrators alike she provides readers an in-depth immersion into structuring play for learning.
In keeping with the title’s theme, “Edu-Chameleon” is broken into four parts as readers traverse the Chameleon – The Eye, The Head, The Body and The Tail. This animal is aptly used to represent the structure of this book as educators similarly have to adapt their skills, perspectives, toy box, classroom and planning to that of the Chameleon as it changes its colour.
The body of this book (pun intended), outlines the seven learning zones which set this book apart from that of other scholarly work. These zones range from Free Play to Clarity of Concept and Auto-Generative Creativity, they are independent of one another and are not expected to be completed in “stages.” Kriegler is detailed as she crafts each of these zones for the reader to embrace, structuring them by proximity of the educator to the student and the range of freedom in meeting the goals and activities that fall within the zone. Each chapter also begins with a comprehensive definition, what the teacher and students’ role may involve or look like as it pertains to this zone and even includes examples from the author’s own schools and classrooms.
This book may be densely populated with research and support of the learning zones proposed by the author, solidly landing it within a niche designed for educators and administrators alike. However, the examples of play and crafted themes she provides within the pages, such as water, which is carried from visual artistry to engineering and physics concepts, gives parents excellent ideas for structuring play for kids within their own homes, whether over the summer months or concurrently with school subjects. Kriegler brings her concepts to the table fully formed and significantly well supported through her own examples and learning as well as through the use of peer reviewed scholars, as she shares her work with the masses in this read, “Edu-Chameleon.”
-Review on my Goodreads page – Rated 5 stars-