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Wonder of Learning 101 Course

This is a 10-hour course for participants new to the Reggio Emilia approach offering the fundamental values and principles that focus on an image of a child who is curious, intelligent, and engaging.  The purpose is to explore how the Reggio approach can help deepen and extend learning, for learners of all ages.  Participants will consider:

  • Their image of the child
  • The learning environment and materials
  • How they might spark children’s interests
  • The variety of ways children can express their learning (hundred languages of learning) including children with special rights (this term is used by Reggio educators for children we refer to in the U.S. as children with special needs).

Stay tuned for additional courses forming.

Wonder of Learning 102 Courses

These 10-hour courses serve as an intensive study group for educators to develop a deeper understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach with an emphasis on the tool of documentation.  Using the Wonder of Learning: Hundred Languages of Children exhibit from Reggio Emilia (on display at the BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development) as its primary “text,” the course sessions will have a dynamic relationship to the documentation displayed at the exhibit.  Drawing on the documentation in the exhibit, educators will consider the image of the child, the learning environment and materials, and the provocations posed by teachers to spark children’s interests.  Reflection on teaching practice will be emphasized; educators will share their classroom documentation in order to question, discuss, learn from each other, and make shifts in their teaching practice.  Each educator will prepare drafts of documentation and consider sharing this publicly in a future display.

WOL 102: Documenting Elementary & Older Learners

 

This 10-hour course (1 CEU) is for those who have experience with ideas related to Reggio Emilia principles. It provides an intensive study group for educators working with elementary-aged students and older to develop a deeper understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach with an emphasis on the tool of documentation. We will use the Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit as our “textbook” and support each other to translate these ideas to our own practice.  How do we make learning visible for older students? How might our students help to document themselves and their peers?  How can we deepen and extend learning with our students? Each educator will prepare drafts of documentation and share this with the group and perhaps in a future public display.

Instructors: Amber Lowe and Stephanie Cox Suarez
Dates: Tuesdays October 30, November 13, November 27, December 11 from 4:30-6:30pm
(The WoL 102 Course: Documenting Elementary and Older Learners has begun-You can still register to attend the next sessions. The $75 allows you to attend the next few dates)
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WOL 102: Study Group for Educational Learners

This course is for those who took the WOL 101 or have experience with ideas related to Reggio Emilia principles. This 10-hour course provides an intensive study group for leaders who work with educators to deepen teaching and learning. This course serves to develop a stronger understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach with an emphasis on the tool of documentation. We will use the Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit as our “textbook” and support each other to translate these ideas to our own settings.  We will analyze documentation by using a variety of protocols in order to discuss decisions teachers make to deepen and extend learning.

Instructors: Nancy Fincke and Lisa Llorente
Dates: October 27 9am-2pm; November 8 5:30pm-8pm; November 13 5:30pm-8pm
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WOL 102 Study Group
Located at Cambridge Public Schools

In this group, teachers will study the Wonder of Learning exhibit to develop a deeper understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach, to reflect on this learning and to make shifts in their own teaching practice.  Possible topics of study include: observing and listening closely to children; creating and using documentation for different purposes; the environment as “the third teacher”; selecting and presenting materials that engage children deeply; provocations posed by teachers to spark children’s interests.  Teachers will share documentation from their classrooms as a primary tool for collaborative reflection and change.

Dates: 9/25; 10/9; 10/23; 11/6; 11/27
If you are interested in this course, please contact the leader, Jessie Wenning, jwenning@cpsd.us

Exploring Documentation Conference

Inspirations from WOL: Exploring Documentation as a way to Make Learning Visible