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This poem is such a strong reminding voice, of the child in education asking simply for a creative partnership with her educators.
It is an increasingly important message for the doorposts of our schools, we think.
I was reminded of it, in preparing for our Study Group to the schools of Reggio Emilia this coming October. There are still spaces available for this powerful experience for today's early childhood educators and advocates.
(If you right-click the image you should be able to download and print a poster for your walls.)
Network member Lottie Child recently participated in a seminar in the House of Commons, hosted by ex-teacher Emma Hardy MP and TED Prize winner Professor Sugata Mitra, to consider 'Rethinking Education.'
Here is her reflection, in which she considers the themes:
- Should schooling be for 'pouring information in'?;
- Children are competent and resourceful learners;
- Rethinking Education;
- Where to with children's agency?
There is an important and recurring thread which seems to run through all: the call for democracy and children's agency in schools. It is so encouraging that the hosting MP also makes this call - read on:
Here 's a presentation about natural communications and relationships happening right under our feet.
Definitely something vital for us all to think about and re-value in how we work and live.
Thanks to Francesca Manfredi, atelierista at Loris Malaguzzi International Centre Preschool & Primary School, Reggio Emilia, for originally noticing and posting this.