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The Children's Garden, Stamford, one of the nurseries in our network, is seeking a pedagogical leader to join them in developing their practice. Do please pass it on to anyone you feel may be interested and suitable: Here is their call:
The Children's Garden Day Nursery and Montessori Pre-School, Stamford, Lincs,
"We believe that if Maria Montessori was alive today, that she would have taken further her knowledge and research. Her ideas that the environment was the third teacher – a prepared environment, and that children are born with innate gifts and resources to create themselves may well have led to profound change which would reflect the practices taking place in the Reggio Emilia area of Italy today.
We are a nursery daycentre committed to developing our understanding and practice, recently inspired by the work of Reggio Emilia's preschools, and have launched into the excitement of change through a recent Sightlines 'Developing Environments of Enquiry' course.
It is our hope to develop our own pedagogy with an experienced and inspirational leader who can help to move us into deeper thinking and understanding about this approach.
The right candidate will have extensive experience about the Reggio Emilia approach, be confident in delivering staff development and training, and be experienced particularly in working with children under five. We are in the early stages of our journey so we're looking for someone with a mature approach who is able introduce new ways of working with sensitivity and patience. A knowledge of Montessori would be helpful. Salary to be discussed based on experience and expectation of delivery.
You can read more about us online: https://stamford.tcgnursery.co.uk/
A weekend for early childhood educators to encounter the work of Reggio Emilia and develop their own competences in working across the range of expressive languages to support their children's learning and meaning-making.
9.45 – 10: Welcomes
10 – 10.20: Introducing the Hundred Languages of Children – 'this fantastic theory'. Peter Moss (Professor of Education, Institute of Education, London)
"The theory of the 'hundred languages of children' and the way it informs pedagogical work is an important part of the identity of the municipal schools of Reggio Emilia. The 'hundred languages of children' refers to the many different ways children (indeed all human beings) understand, represent, communicate and express, ranging from the language of drawing to the language of mathematics.
In this short introduction, I want to offer my understandings about this theory, including: its meaning, what languages it encompasses and where it originated; the images of the child and the teacher that it assumes; the values (for example, democracy, dialogue, inter-connectedness, uncertainty and wonder) that it embodies; and its implications for early childhood education today, including ideas about learning and the conditions needed to enable these ideas to be enacted.
This will inevitably provoke questions about current government policy, with its focus on a very limited number of languages and readying for a compulsory schooling that emphasises the separation of languages. Malaguzzi wrote in a famous poem that "children have a hundred languages: they rob them of ninety nine school and culture". Is that true of us today? And how might we move to an education that valued and sustained multi-lingualism in children and young people?"
10.25 – 12.30: Working in Many Languages of Learning in Reggio - Annalisa Rabotti (pedagogista, Reggio Emilia.) Annalisa will explore in depth a project which illustrates and reflects on working in multiple languages into an enquiry of children. She will explore both the enriched learning of the children and the educators.
12.30 - 1.30: lunch
1.30 – 2.45: How can we begin to create places for learning in many expressive languages? A participatory exercise, exploring a video'd observation; teasing out many possibilities, applying and valuing principles of enquiry.
2.45 – 3: break
3 – 4: Annalisa will make a final contribution, being a response to questions tabled at close of morning, reflections on issues raised during the preceding exercise, plus a 'surprise'.
Book now! Ring 0191 261 7666 if you have particular queries.
As Jerome Bruner died just a few days ago, I was revisiting a 2014 interview: "The main point of teaching and educating" says Bruner, " is to get them [children, learners] to think and share about their notions of 'where this leads'; to go beyond the information given …"
Jerome Bruner (Jerry to friends), dedicated psychologist was fascinated by the dynamic, optimistic processes of human learning, and overjoyed when he first encountered the work and qualities of the preschools of Reggio Emilia some 20 years ago.
Ken Robinson, in a 2013 presentation which happened to be sitting right next to this Youtube recording, also insists: "education is a human system."
They both talk about 'rules of learning': they are principles which we certainly agree with - I think you'll also agree when you listen to them: they are important friends for us to have.
Here they are: get ready for a good dose of clarity and optimism: