Date: 10 Oct 2011

A Constant Juggle for Balance: A Day in the Life of a New Zealand Kindergarten Teacher

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Thematic analysis of a continuous video record of a day in the life of a kindergarten teacher in New Zealand, and of a follow-up narrative reconstruction of the day during an interview with the teacher, yielded the image of a constant juggle for balance to describe the teacher’s professional practice. The teacher juggled the demands of working with a group of children while responding to individual interests, managing curriculum plans as open possibilities, and seeking ethical responses in complex situations. The chapter argues that the juggle for balance required the bringing together of multiple layers of understanding about relationships, curriculum and ethical practice that belied the appearance of momentary encounters and trivial conversations.