journey to make a place more wonderful Sharon Dvora Design Ecology Spring 2012
“Learning and teaching should not stand onopposite banks and just watch the water flow by — instead, they should embark together on a journey down the river. Through an active, reciprocalexchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.” Loris Malaguzzi, 100 Languages of Children
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?
participatory action. A ball toss. the role of the teacher is in understanding the children’s intentions. 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 questions…… and give everyone an opportunity to share.
Creativity is the daughter of the unexpectedLoris 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
Documentation 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 questions 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 constructivism. you bounce it off of other teachers as well. challenging one another. following the threads of learning, which move and shift.