Reggio Inspired Pedagogy explores a pursuit that lasts for our entire teaching career. Regardless of where we see ourselves on the path to enriching or reflecting on our work with young children, or those who teach them, this intensive three day workshop will provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching in the Early Years. The foundational principles of teacher as researcher, progettazione, and the learning environment as the third teacher will be explored.
Learning environments will be examined in terms of the atelier, a place of creative possibilities, research and the expression of symbolic languages. Plans for classroom change will be considered within the Reggio inspired framework of the Mosaic Approach to environmental design. Participants will engage in a variety of provocations and collegial dialogue aimed to encourage reflection on teaching practices, environmental revitalization and a Reggio Inspired image of the child, the teacher, the family, and the school.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Analyze and evaluate principles of Reggio inspired practice
Reflect on one’s own pedagogical stance and teaching practice with the lens of a teacher researcher
Explore, experiment and develop hypothesizes of learning through a synthesis of the process and philosophy of Messing About
Analyze and evaluate the implications of approaching curriculum and school life from frameworks inspired by a progettazione ideal and the school as atelier
Consider the role of the atelier as a place of creativity, research and expressive languages
Conceptualize the idea of the environment as third teacher with respect to a child’s sense of place, use of space and relationship to the built environment
Begin to plan for environmental design in Reggio inspired educational environments utilizing the Mosaic Approach
Dialogue, reflect and create metaphorical representations of the values and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach
Engage in the “hundred languages” of representation by investigating light and creating compositional representations, while documenting the experience
Experience a “visual tour” of children’s explorations and investigations with nature and light
Share insights, reflections and questions that are documented for revisiting on Day 2.
Engage in reflective dialogue based on insights from Day 1
Explore the role of the teacher through a research lens, utilizing dialogue, metaphor and “pedagogical innovation”
Consider progettazione as educational action, weaving connections both metaphorically and physically as connections are created between planning and design, teaching and learning, the environment and professional learning
Reflect on the previous days dialogue with reference to the importance of aesthetics, progettazione and “the school as atelier” in environments for children
Explore the importance of relational forms in Reggio Inspired spaces
Utilize brainstorming mind maps to develop the “ideal” Reggio inspired environment
Louise J. is a professor in the Bachelor of Child development degree program at Seneca College. Louise has a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a research focus on teacher reflection and educational technologies and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
Louise has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education for young children and was privileged to travel to Reggio Emilia on a study tour where this inspiration grew. In addition to her teaching, Louise has facilitated workshops and conferences with early childhood practitioners and elementary school teachers.
Most recently, she has focused on professional learning centred on pedagogical documentation, emergent curriculum, Forest Schools, professional learning through social media, making learning visible and Reggio inspired practice.
This workshop is composed of opportunities for experiential and collaborative hands-on learning opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to be fully engaged, interact with colleagues, reflect on, and document their learning in an environment that is supportive and meets an educator’s need to gain practical knowledge that can be applied to teaching practices.
Teachers, early childhood educators and administrators of children aged 0 to 8 years.
Early Bird: USD850.00/person if register by 1 Sep 20
Group of 5 or more: USD800.00/person
Duration: 3 days, 18 hours
Closing Date: 1 Oct 2020