The Forum of Ideas Virtual Fair
As Natural Teachers it is important to become familiar with the most notable child development theorists and/or philosophies. This practice is designed to strengthen your professional identity as a Natural Teacher.
The Assignment: You are eligible to win a million dollar grant to create your own school or childcare center. Explore the child development theorists and educational philosophies from the Forum of Ideas Virtual Fair. ( Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and Montessori) Reflect and discover how important developmental theorists are in creating your own philosophy of education as a Natural Teacher.
Loris Malaguzzi & The Reggio Emilia Approach
WHO: The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative educational philosophy focused on prescho0l and primary education. It was developed after World War II by a teacher, Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the Villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy.
WHAT: The Reggio Emilia approach grew out of a movement toward progressive and cooperative early childhood education. It is not a method of teaching with training colleges that teach this formula. Reggio Emilia is an inspired approach based on a set of Core Values.
HOW: These Core Values are the Foundation of the The Reggio Inspired Approach that Loris Malaguzzi founded.
Reggio Core Values:
1. Children are capable of constructing their own learning. The child is an active participant in learning.
2. Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through interacting with others.
3. Children are communicators.
4. The environment is the third teacher.
5. The adult is a mentor and guide. The teacher, parent and child are collaborating in the process of learning.
6. An emphasis on documenting children’s thought and making learning visible.
WHERE: The Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach has spread worldwide since its development in the 1940’s. The Reggio-Inspired approach can be found in preschools, kindergartens, elementary school and homeschool setttings. Natural Teachers are now infusing these Core Values into their Outdoor Classrooms.
WHEN: Every Reggio Inspired program is different. Although programs share the same Core Values, the outcome is always different. This fact embraces the truth that all teachers, communities, students and schools are different. This is a good thing.
REFLECTION: Begin now and explore how these Reggio-Inspired Core Values can be incorporated into your Outdoor Classroom. Leave a comment below and share your reflections.