A Systems Exploration of the Outdoor Playscape at Creative Children’s Center Expressive Materials: Reggio Emilia draw, paint, video teaching practices models, mapping & pattern language clay, movement Me: Patterns: Children: Teachers: un-learningactivity, movement constructing knowledge dialogue, document & learning feeling, weather explore resource, provocation interactions ideate research express Outdoor Playscape: Living System — Natural Elements: seasons, weather, plants, dirt water, sun, rain, mud, sand Hardscape Elements: raised beds, grape arbor sandplay area covered porch
What stories do these places tell?How does this place mirror who we are?Where do I feel most alive in this place?Where are the ‘centers’ of this place?
par3cipatory ac3on. A ball toss. the role of the teacher is in understanding the children’s inten3ons. they are the researchers exploring the outside space.
“We can make a living city in our play space” Karan “A journey is an adventure.” Tyler “It should be fun.” “Ways to figure out the world around you.” “Some journeys are scary.” “Patterns of what goes on” Jaylin
don’t worry about needing to know what to do next. truly ask the students what they’re thinking. once I let go, it will get easier.
slow down the pace. it’s a very conscious eﬀort to ask open ques3ons… … and give everyone an opportunity to share.
Creativity is the daughter of the unexpected Loris Malaguzzi
A system needs access to itself.It needs to understand who it is, where it is, what it believes, what it knows. Meg Wheatley, a simpler way
Documenta3on leads the process. See it as research. let go of not knowing what is next.
revisit the intent. act as the memory of what just occurred. ask provoking ques3ons as the ideas move forward.
“You can’t see a lot, “You couldn’t see through it, unless you climbed up onto the deck rail because it was wood.” & look over.” Anya “All you can see through is the little cracks in the fence.”“There’s a crack between the fence & the rail “If we had a window, that you can go in.” we could see out of there.” “That’s a good idea” Karan
“So we can pretend we’re chopping by air. Bad guys. So we don’t hurt anybody with air swords.” Kegan“You can see through the metaland hang paintings on it.” Jaylin
you cannot do the teaching in your own head. it’s social construc3vism. you bounce it oﬀ of other teachers as well. challenging one another. following the threads of learning, which move and shiF.