I hosted two seminars last year, and my third one this last Friday. In the theme of "Unlocking the child" we have focused on:
1. The child:
- Our image of the child (connected to teacher practise)
- Children's need for the development of their sense of self and belonging
- What does it mean to teach? Characteristics of a good teacher, teacher roles
- Teachers must be teachable, looking at some of the ideas from a few pioneers of education: Fredrick Frobel, John Dewey, John Amos Comenius
- Tour analogy guide- "Because I have seen it and experienced I will just tell you about it..." Children must have the opportunity to engage in their learning
“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”
- Chinese proverb (Then in groups the participants made playdough and played with it!)
- The enivornment acknowledged as the "third teacher"
- Creating "Invitations for learning"
- The physical environment has a prfound effect on interactions and learnings- and the way that materials are presented, and the general atmoshere that is created speaks messages to children and will reflect teachers' values and their image of the child
The invitation "kits"
Exploring the materials...
Imagining the possibilities...
Creating an invitation...
Time to play!
This group created an invitation with bottle lids. They even managed to make bottle lid "kimbab" for their invitation! I definitely would not have thought of that!!
Buttons and black paper- this group explained that the black paper made them think of the night, so they used the buttons to create a night time scene for children to explore. I love the owl, and its little button heart! (which you can't see clearly in the picture... but it is there!)
A wild animal invitation was created by this group. They took this one step further by creating "snow" (the white pices of paper on the right) and planning a conversation to extend on this invitation, asking children about these animals and their habitats and what they might do if they lived in a cold climate where there was snow.
This group created an invitation that followed the life cycle of a butterfly. I especially liked how they used the recycled mustard jar to create a cacoon around the caterpillar- very creative!
What I saw as a bunch of boxes and materials for collage and construction invitation, this group saw as a birthday party! They even made skewers, cake, traditional Mongolian cookies, and festive decorations!