Responding to Children's Interests

Professional Growth Opportunities

Blended Learning Format

All six sessions must be attended to complete the course.

Based on a foundation of the vision and principles in Play and Exploration: Early Learning Program Guide, Responding to Children’s Interests will provide educators with opportunities to explore classroom practices to spark student interest and to build projects around invitations and play. This workshop was created in partnership with the Early Years Branch of the Ministry of Education. This is a series of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions, designed to provide support for early learning educators as they engage in planning and implementing a class project with their students. Sample projects can be found at

These are the dates for this course. All six sessions must be attended to complete the course.

Session One February 4, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Live Streamed via Zoom – Exploring the Role of the Educator
Session Two February 5 – March 3, 2021 Online Learning via Canvas – The Project Approach: Phase I
Session Three March 4, 2021 - 4 to 5 p.m. Live Streamed via Zoom – Project Planning: Check-In
Session Four March 5-25, 2021 Online Learning via Canvas – The Project Approach: Phase II and III
Session Five March 26, 2021 1 to 4 p.m. Live Streamed via Zoom – Project Sharing
Session Six March 27 – April 16, 2021 Online Learning via Canvas – The Project Approach: Extending and Documenting Projects


  • Build understanding about emergent curriculum for young children.
  • Explore the environment as the third teacher.
  • Strengthen educators’ capacity to observe, listen, document and reflect in order to support and scaffold learning.
  • Respond to children’s interests and develop a project experience with children, which may be shared on

Audience: PreK-Grade 2 educators. Participants are encouraged to attend as a team of two individuals from the same learning setting.

Prerequisite: Phase I and II of Play and Exploration

Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Online, Saskatchewan
Melissa McFarlane
Tanya Mazurek
Registration Fees: 
Fee TypeEarly BirdStandardLate
Fee TypePrice
Early Bird$230.00

Discount: Did you know if you register for this workshop your principal and/or vice-principal can attend with you at half of the regular registration cost? In order to activate this opportunity, please have your administrator contact the STF ( or 306 373 1660) to receive a discount code! Your administrator will need to provide your name and the workshop title when registering.

Registration fees are dependent on time of payment. If received:

  • Prior to 10 business days before event - Early Bird
  • Between two and 10 business days before event - Standard
  • Within two business days before event - Late

Payment must accompany registration. The refund deadline for all workshops and events is 10 business days prior to the start date. Read more about registrations and refunds.

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