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A one-hour online session to introduce the principles of 'Learning to Learn in Nature'. It is for all early years and primary educators who want to engage in creating investigative learning opportunities and develop thier reflective. creative pedagogy.

Learning to Learn in Nature is about young children learning in wild places, and educators learning with them. It is about being in connection with nature and bringing that connection back to the classroom. But it is also about something more, something that is seen very clearly when children are given the freedom to explore the wild outdoors on their own terms, with daring and imagination.

It is about learning as a process of continuous enquiry: an expression of insatiable fascination with the world, in which children learn together and individually, and educators and children work together to discover and make meaning. School life is part of human life, connected to its cycles, desires, dreams, wonderings. Educators best meet the interests of children when fundamental human values inform and shape their pedagogical practice.

During September 2020 - February 2021  we will be offerring a five-session online course  - this July session will introduce the contents, and also give some ways into pleasurable holiday-time preparation.

Date Wednesday 8th July 2020
Price £35
Member Discount £5
Presenters Robin Duckett, Catherine Reding, Elizabeth Elders
Times 4 - 5pm
Location/Map: online

Patricia Lipe: Pegasus

Here is the second of our seminars on Metaphor, by Viviana Fiorentino. It is not necessary for you to have participated in the first one, but the material does follow (it is not a repeat.)

In the festive intuition of metaphors, we pack our mental goods down into tight, neat bundles, we load them as carefully as we can into the ‘metafora truck’ of languages; it drives from me to you, and then we unpack. A fundamental part of the process of metaphors is communicating and empathy: a circular process that builds the bond between each other, between us, adults, and children, between child and child, adult and adult, human being and human being. This territory is rich of possibilities, trust, open, a new ground we explore re-inventing together names of everything around.

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We will explore the metaphors through the perspective of poetry and art as a way of imaging and exploring the world. Thanks to the “metaphor attitude”, we will investigate what is possible and what is impossible, how many possibilities we have as citizens to rethink the world around us for a better society.

The seminar will encourage you to put yourself in the state of creating metaphors leading to unusual, unexpected procedures that children spontaneously use. We will talk about how and what children do and of the use of metaphors as fundamental bridge between (what we believe is) the world of adulthood and the world of childhood.

This seminar is designed to inform the current Sightlines Initiative early childhood pedagogy action-research project into Visual Metaphor.

It will also be pertinent to all who are interested in the ways in which adults tune in to young children’s thinking and learning.

It is free to Sightlines Initiative subscribers. If you are not currently subscribed to our network it is easy to so do, and will enable you to register. SUBSCRIBE

Viviana Fiorentino was born and grew up in southern Italy. After achieving her Doctorate, travelled across Europe, from Switzerland to Germany, England and finally Belfast where she now lives, writing novels and poetry, teaching Italian literature, and leading creative writing workshops for cultural minorities.
In 2018, she was awarded two Italian poetry prizes. Her poems have appeared in literature blogs and international magazines. A selection of her poems is published in ‘Writing Home: the New Irish poets’. In 2019, she published a poetry collection in Italy and her first novel.
She has been involved in many different festivals, poetry readings and projects, such as the 2019. ‘Sky, you are too big’, which revolved around the themes of travelling, migration and displacement.
She is in the editorial staff of Carteggi Letterari (Italian periodical Lit magazine) with the column ‘Neither here, nor there’ and she periodically writes for the magazine TerreLibere about migration and politics.

Date Wednesday 17th June 2020
Cut off date Tuesday 16th June 2020
Available places 13
Presenters Viviana Fiorentino
Please Note: Registration button is enabled once you log in to the site as a subscribed member (the 'Community Login' module on the left of the webpage.) This is an online seminar conducted via Zoom. You will need to have appropriate hardware ready. We will email registrants a link on the morning of the 17th.
Times 2 - 3.30 p.m.
Location/Map: online

Focus Group: Doing Education amidst covid 19

(Images: Adobe Stock/Illustration: Patrick Bibbins, Boston Children’s Hospital)

Since the inception of Sightlines Initiative in in 1997 we have been working, through professional projects, research andexchanges, to advocate creative and reflective early childhood pedagogy. 

In the context of the Covid 19 pandemic, how can we ‘do school’; build educational environments where children's learning flourishes?

There are clearly many challenges: 

  • the conservative UK building size norms have resulted in small classrooms and centres with large group sizes, right across the age span. However spaciousness is called for to support social distancing.
  • Can we have co-constructive learning  and do social distancing?
  • In non-statutory (early childhood) education and daycare, how can staffing and budgetary stability be achieved?
  • What children are overtly missing most is sociability and sociable enquiry:
  • Our framework for developing pedagogy is founded upon building learning environments of ENCOUNTER, ENQUIRY, EXCHANGE, EXPRESSION ... can the circle be squared?

We are hosting three online discussion groups – on 21st, 26th and 28th May (all 2 - 3.30 pm) for UK Heads, Managers, Class Teachers, governors who are faced with these questions, are dedicated to developing co-constructive education, and who want to exchange situations and ideas. 

The maximum size will be 16 in order to maximise exchange. 

Update - these sessions have filled up quickly and we may offer more. If you are interested in this, please add your name to the Waiting List on the Thursday 28th date.

Date Thursday 21st May 2020
Cut off date Wednesday 20th May 2020
Available places 0
Please Note: Dates: 21st, 26th, 28th May
Times 2 - 3.30 p.m.
Location/Map: online

Patricia Daly-Lipe  “Myth, Magic and Metaphor”
Metaphor is a festive intuition, a sudden explosion, a form of thought that enlights the way our mind works when it crosses and broadens its field of knowledge. During the seminar we will use what is known, daily perceptions around us, to reach, touch, feel what we still don’t know. We will communicate new discoveries lying in the new territory of metaphors where words are spells which bring us closer as human beings.

We will explore how the process of creating metaphors leads to unusual, unexpected and original procedures and perspectives. We will try out how this is an attitude of investigation and participation in reality, which pushes us to open up and expand canonical boundaries.

The seminar will also encourage to ride paradoxes, as children usually do to research the world around and interact with adults, jumping from an uncoscious to a conscious process in everyday life. We will see how games, transformation hypotheses, paradoxes, find their opportunity to develop through conjunction / relationship with another subject and new relationships / visions, in a word, through metaphors.

This seminar is designed to inform the current Sightlines Initiative early childhood pedagogy action-research project into Visual Metaphor. It is free to Sightlines Initiative subscribers.

It will also be pertinent to all who are interested in the ways in which adults tune in to young children’s thinking and learning.

 

Viviana Fiorentino was born and grew up in southern Italy. After achieving her Doctorate, travelled across Europe, from Switzerland to Germany, England and finally Belfast where she now lives, writing novels and poetry, teaching Italian literature, and leading creative writing workshops for cultural minorities.
In 2018, she was awarded two Italian poetry prizes. Her poems have appeared in literature blogs and international magazines. A selection of her poems is published in ‘Writing Home: the New Irish poets’. In 2019, she published a poetry collection in Italy and her first novel.
She has been involved in many different festivals, poetry readings and projects, such as the 2019. ‘Sky, you are too big’, which revolved around the themes of travelling, migration and displacement.
She is in the editorial staff of Carteggi Letterari (Italian periodical Lit magazine) with the column ‘Neither here, nor there’ and she periodically writes for the magazine TerreLibere about migration and politics.

Date Wednesday 13th May 2020
Cut off date Tuesday 12th May 2020
Price £35
Member Discount 100%
Presenters Viviana Fiorentino
Please Note: This is an online seminar conducted via Zoom. You will need to have appropriate hardware ready. We will email registrants a link on the morning of the 13th.
Times 2 - 3.30 p.m.
Location/Map: online

Sunday 15th - Friday 20th March 2020
Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

A one-week study visit to learn about and be inspired by the world renowned educational approach of the preschools and infant toddler centres of Reggio Emilia.

This course will explore the key principles underpinning the Reggio approach to early childhood education including:

- History and background
- Creativity and expressive languages of children
- The pedagogy of listening
- The environment as 'the third teacher'
- Parents as partners
- Democratic citizenship
- Children as the subjects of rights
- Children and educators as researchers
- Observation, interpretation, documentation
- Making learning visible
- Professional dialogue

Read more on how you will receive our help and support before, during and after the study week.

Date Sunday 15th March 2020
Cut off date Friday 21st February 2020
Price £1,560
Location/Map: Reggio Emilia, Italy

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This network meeting is for Sightlines members involved in the London ReFocus ‘Visual Metaphor’ project. This project focuses on noticing children’s thinking processes and deepening children’s learning through collaborative reflection and enquiry.

Places are free for Sightlines members, and are open to those who attended the London ReFocus project launch on 23rdJanuary 2020 (you will have a password from the steering group.)

Location:
Room 790, UCL Institute of Education https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/contact-ioe

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Date Thursday 5th March 2020
Available places 18
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Times 4.30 - 6
Location/Map: Institute of Education, London

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This second day of our weekend with Tiziana Filippini, pedagogista of Reggio Emilia, will focus, seminar-style, on exploring Network subscribers’ issues in the development of their educational practice.

We invite discussion of key questions (tabled in advance, so that we can prepare together.)

We will also discuss aspects of the 2019 Network new project focus 'Working with Visual Metaphor, ' to give a strong start to this exciting project.

Date Sunday 10th November 2019
Price £150
Times 10 - 3.30
Location/Map: Institute of Education, London

An in-depth encounter with Tiziana Filippini, Reggio Emilia pedagogista and consultant.

MLV72collecton"Ideas fly, bounce around, accumulate, rise up, fall apart slowly, or spread, until finally one of them takes a decisive hold; it flies higher and conquers the entire group of children.” Loris Malaguzzi: from 'Daily Life at School: Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.' Making Learning Visible page 72

This day will be an unparallelled opportunity to engage directly with a  representative of Reggio who has such long-term and deep experience, and is ready to dialogue and debate in English. Be inspired by what is desirable and possible in early childhood education.

Tiziana is a passionate, strong advocate of Reggio's Approach and knowledge - she has been a core part of the work of the schools since 1978: In particular, Tiziana was the long-standing pedagogista of the famous Diana Preschool, which came to the world’s attention when it was featured by Newsweek in 1991 as one of the 10 best schools in the world. She has engaged in international numerous international dialogues, often accompanying Loris Malaguzzi on research and lecture tours to Sweden and Denmark, and was a member of the research team  of the acclaimed reference work Making Learning Visible.

Here is a short extract 'learning in relationship' from her  2013 talk, also in London at IoE.

Sunday 10th November will be a seminar day for Sightlines Initiative Network participant settings to work in dialogue with Ms. Filippini . (see separate registration.)

Date Saturday 9th November 2019
Price £195
Student Discount please enquire regarding undergraduate student discount
Member Discount £15
Times 9.30 - 3.30
Location/Map: Institute of Education, London