At Wenona, K-2 (Woodstock) is Reggio inspired, so I was grateful to receive an opportunity to observe another Reggio inspired school. What I learnt is that their teaching and learning philosophy correlate with mine beautifully. They’re committed to creating an experience that views every child as a strong, capable and powerful individual who is an active participant in their learning. Each child develops and builds on their thoughts, ideas and questions already established. True engagement results when internal motivation is tapped. They strive to create a community in which all children feel safe, secure and supported to share, explore, and question. Students persevere, think critically, create and falter when necessary.
|Tara, me & Kendra|
- Project based learning, design thinking and the future
- The integration of social studies (HSIE)
- Literacy and numeracy programs, resources and educator gurus- Marilyn Burns, Singapore Math, Words Their Way, Fountas & Pinnell, Lucy Calkins, TERC math.
- The accountability of public and private schools and the Common Core Curriculum
- Teacher-student ratios
- Scheduled collaborative time for homeroom and specialists teachers to plan for the subjects of art, science, music and Spanish
- Structure is needed to facilitate student learning. Not "let’s see what outcomes are achieved".
- The parents’ expectations aligning with the school's philosophy.
Derrick Gay-for helping organise the visit
Kendra & Tara- for spending time sharing your knowledge and experiences at a very busy time of year.
My taxi driver-for sharing your knowledge and school experiences with me...Priceless.