Today, I did some more reading on "learning stories". As a teacher, I document everything I can, however, my goal is to ensure my documentation is effective for educators, families, and the students themselves. Creating learning stories at schools, helps students learn to take charge of their learning and develop confidence in their work. Learning stories can be shared with peers and families. It is a wonderful way to document the wonders and inquiries of FDK!
By: Fondazione Reggio Children Centro Loris Malaguzzi
"Although we did not come close to achieving those impossible ideals, still the atelier has always repaid us. It has, as desired, proved to be subversive – generating complexity and new tools of thought. It has allowed rich combinations and creative possibilities among the different (symbolic) languages of children. (The Hundred Languages of Children)."
my FDK classroom: Drafting blueprints
Reggio emilia & the atelierista "teacher"
"Since the late ‘60s in the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, each school has a space called the atelier and the figure of the atelierista, a “teacher” with an arts background. In this way, the expressive and poetic languages became part of the process by which knowledge is built."
"The Atelier thus becomes the place of research, invention, and empathy, expressed by means of “100 languages”, which extend beyond childhood to include adulthood up to advanced age."
"The ateliers are constructed in partnership with other professionals of various competencies (architects, pedagogistas, physicists, engineers, biologists, dancers, musicians, physicians, and so on)."
Credit: Fondazione Reggio Children Centro Loris Malaguzzi
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A Fancy surprise for fdk! VALENCIENNE, the finest bespoke gown designer to play and learn with our fdk class this fall
Involving friends, family and welcoming professionals in the community foster inclusivity and involvement from the people the children know best. In our class, I am honoured to have one of my favourite creative people visit my classroom this year.
With my best practice in mind, I know my students love to create, wonder, and build. With pleasure, bridal fashion designer Kim Ironmonger of Valencienne is excited to visit our classroom to co-create some beautiful pieces of art using beads, fabrics, ribbons, and crystals. We are excited to create a space where our materials and tools present opportunities for students to pursue critical thinking and concepts. I am excited to see the approach and interest which will guide our learning for this inquiry opportunity!
This summer, use fabrics of all sorts of shapes and sizes and encourage children to use their creative imagination. Last year, one of my former students loved fashion and wanted to be a fashion designer. She used fabrics to create gowns, beads to create bespoke jewellery, and artisan materials to create stunning painted canvases. Sparkle is a virtue. Always shine!
I love what I do and I love using my knowledge and passion for creativity and decorative art. I am an active member within the Wedding Industry and enjoy interior and event design. I had the pleasure to learn and become part of the collaborative fashion design process with Valencienne. This summer, see my wedding featured in Elegant Wedding Magazine.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
― Pablo Picasso
In collaboration with my AQ instructor, my FDK sample inquiry will be available via my blog next week. Resources and topics discussed in class are posted under inquiry and resources. Visit the tab for new information and my current research for Kindergarten Part 2 @ YorkU. Stay tuned and sparkle.
"Learning is active in the kindergarten classroom. Therefore, assessing the process of learning is critical and it should occur while the learning is happening rather than assessing the final product."
- The Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program Draft 2010-11
" In and of themselves, they’re not “ready-made” assignments, but they’re not supposed to be. They’re meant not to build content capacity, but learning capacity."
- The Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program Draft 2010-11 Version
Keeping busy with my Kindergarten Part 2 course! I have decided to continue my research on the wonders and benefits of holistic learning through self-directed play. As I begin to think about which natural materials and artifacts I will bring into my classroom this September, this resource by Terry Heick regarding fostering self-directed learning caught my fancy.
27 Cognitive Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning