Reggio Beyond Pinterest: The Image of the Child
Date(s) - May 6, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Child Care Options CCRR
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The “Reggio Beyond Pinterest” course is designed to empower early learning and child care professionals to take ownership in their practice and recognize the underlying theories that uphold their actions. Bringing these underlying theories and beliefs to the surface will enable participants to confidently make changes to their existing practice to align it with their values and beliefs about
children, childhood, and learning. Taught in three sections, we will take a Reggio-Emilia inspired, social constructivist lens to examine concepts and practices related to your personal image of the child or personal pedagogy, early years environments, and emergent and responsive curriculums. Please read below for topics that will be covered.
The Image of the Child
What we believe about children is reflected in everything we do in our centres. Through a process-based discussion, participants will uncover their personal image of the child and how that image impacts their practice. After a brief overview of the Reggio Emilia approach and the concept of the ‘Image of the Child,’ we will take a critical look at common early years classroom activities and collaborate to think of alternatives that will lead to a more emergent, play-based learning environment. A framework will be provided to participants for examining their practice within a social-constructivist Reggio-inspired lens. Participants will leave with ideas about small and large steps to shift their practice to a more emergent, play-based one that matches their Image of the Child.
Early Years Spaces
In early years settings, the spaces we provide for children function as an additional caregiver or teacher. Carefully designed learning environments enable and inspire children to become an advocate for their own learning. Join me for a workshop to uncover the pedagogical purpose of beautiful spaces and intentional materials of the Reggio Emilia early childhood centres. We will look at many examples from early childhood classrooms around the world to examine why certain elements are included and how they impact learning. We will then discuss how you may consider incorporating some elements into your practice. Participants will leave with some practical ideas about how to set up a classroom environment that inspires both themselves and their students to ask big questions, pursue their interests and share their ideas with others.
An Emergent and Responsive Curriculum
An emergent/responsive curriculum is when learning is guided by children’s interests. An emergent approach empowers children to take risks, develop theories, and take ownership. This workshop will address starting points and strategies to support teachers who wish to implement an emergent/responsive curriculum. Highlighting classroom examples and learning stories, we will elaborate on practical strategies and discuss common roadblocks that we face when creating a “pedagogy of listening” in our practice. This workshop is for those interested in learning more about the Reggio Emilia approach to curriculum.
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