|ZEBRA by PAPER MACHE AND RECYCLABLES.|
Most of you know I am a dedicated constructivist educator. I believe in ensuring that children have the time and materials to investigate, explore, problem solve and invent. I truly believe it is a child's right to have - not to be given, but to have - the time and materials to make meaning of their world.
I had the privilege of visiting my colleague Pam's school in Marin, California. Stretch the Imagination offers a "Reggio inspired" program for 3-5s that is filled with discussion, exploration, natural materials, and field experiences to local [incredible] venues for research by the children. Click here to read more about Stretch and founder Michelle Lawton.
I attended an evening event held by the school where teachers were presenting to parents their interpretations regarding their class's discoveries and growth for the year. The presentations were not recounting the calendar experiences of the children. The presentations were an overarching, deeper and wider perspective on the children as a class group from more of a teacher-researcher lens.
[huge side note: I strongly believe that these are the teachers that should become leaders in our field because Respecting Children's Learning should be modeled, modeled, modeled, exactly as they have done.]
I bring a few photos to afford you a peek into the classroom's documentation and the stunning work by the children. In the classroom, all the children are represented, yet not all the children are represented in every project. This concept allows for a room to breathe, and it allows for educators to be intentional in what they choose to document or display to uplift the overall learning that occurred.
Cheers to the teachers' efforts. Bravo to the children's words and works.The following images travel from
Self to Artist,
from Words to Photo Memory to Sculpture,
from Sensory to Still Life.
|BLACK & WHITE.|
|HAVE YOU EVER DONE A SELF-PORTRAIT? What colors would YOU use?|
|COLLAGE WORK with WORDS.|
|ART GALLERY PHOTO MEMORIES.|
|BOBCAT from PHOTO to BLACK PEN to WATERCOLORS.|
|PAINTING MOVEMENT OF A WAVE. STUNNING GORGEOUS.|
|DETAILS OF A TREE OWL. FASCINATING.|
|ELEPHANT by PAPER MACHE AND RECYCLABLES|
|SHARK by PAPER MACHE AND RECYCLABLES|
"Sculpture has been a large part of our artistic endeavor, both at the Audubon Center with natural materials and in the classroom with found objects."
SENSORY EXPLORATIONS represented in PAINT.
STILL LIFE with an EYE FOR COLOR.
|BEGINNING ART APPRECIATION WITH YOUNG CHILDREN.|
Take yourself to another school.
Bring a fresh teacher lens to really SEE the learning that teachers make visible.
Look UP, look low, yet especially, look INTENTIONALLY for the children to be the most vital part of the school.
Thanks to Pam and Michelle for inviting me for such a rich visit to a true school for children.