Introduction to Reggio Inspired Practice

Date/Time

Date(s) - 4 Sep 17 - 5 Sep 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Introduction to Reggio Inspired Practice workshop aims to provide a starting point, unique to each learner, in the journey of coming to a better understanding of ways that we might articulate the ideas and strategies we have observed, read, or researched about the schools and philosophy of Reggio Emilia. Mastery of Reggio inspired pedagogy is 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 two day workshop will provide invaluable resources and support to lead participants on a journey of Reggio inspired dialogue, experiential investigation, research fuelled by critical reflections on the documented work of children and supportive collegial critique of documentation developed during the workshop.

Objectives
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate principles of Reggio inspired practice
  • Reflect on one’s own pedagogy and teaching practice as it is informed by a Reggio inspired theory and philosophy
  • Create and interpret pedagogical documentation utilizing the principles of making learning visible
  • Explore, experiment and develop hypothesizes of learning through a synthesis of the process and philosophy of Messing About
  • Actively engage with a community of learners through collaboration, active investigations, critical reflection and dialogue

Outline
Day 1:  Light, aesthetics and one hundred languages

  • Learners are invited to introduce themselves and briefly share their experience with Reggio inspired practice
  • Learners are taken on a “visual tour” of children’s explorations and investigations with nature and light
  • Learners dialogue, reflect and create metaphorical representations of the values and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Learners are introduced to documentation: making learning visible through learning stories
  • Learners engage in the “hundred languages” of representation by investigating light and creating compositional representations, while documenting their experience
  • Learners share their insights, reflections and questions that are documented for revisiting on Day 2.

Day 2: Messing about, co-construction and dialogue

  • Learners are invited to begin a reflective dialogue with a group of colleagues and share their reflections with the larger group, utilizing Day 1 learning artifacts
  • Facilitator shares reflections and documentation of Day 1 with learners
  • Learners plan, draw and document the process of the construction of a marble run.
  • Learners start construction and documentation of their marble runs and are given challenges that elicit dialogue and co-construction of ideas
  • Learner groups share their reflections of the Reggio Inspired principle: learning as a process of individual and group construction
  • Facilitator shares the principles of Making Learning Visible and possibilities for various forms of pedagogical documentation

Trainer’s Profile
Allie P., M.S., is an early childhood educator from Washington state, USA.  She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Early Childhood Education, and has taught children ages 0-8 preschool in a variety of educational contexts for over ten years.  Her work has included a children’s museum, Head Start classrooms, parent cooperative preschools, a large international school, and more.  She works with children, families, and educators with playful, child-entered curriculum inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, where she participated in an in-depth institute and has applied the ideas to learning spaces and teacher workshops ever since.  Her personal research focus is on interactive environments, curated materials, children’s voices, and the role of the teacher as reflective researcher.

Methodology
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.

Target Audience
Teachers, early childhood educators and administrators of children aged 0 to 8 years.

Investment 
AUD800.00/pax
AUD700.00/pax if register by 1 May 17
  
Other Details
Duration: 2 days, 12 hours
Closing Date: 1 Jul 17 27 Aug 17

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Location
Adelaide, Adelaide city, (exact venue to be advised)

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