Join us for Children, Culture and Context with Alise Shafer Ivey October 22
Childhood is a social construction, set against a backdrop of societal values, politics and social conditions. Navigating through the inevitable contradictions of our own values and actions, questions emerge about some of the most fundamental practices of early childhood education. Rethinking old narratives about children and their place in society, teachers are well positioned to represent a new image of childhood. In this workshop we will look closely at examples of children in classrooms, and together we will reconstruct childhood as a time of complex relationships, unparalleled creativity, and immense competence. In the afternoon we will expand this examination to include an in depth look at how Reflection Meetings are a necessary ingredient in classrooms that foster democracy.
What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It was started by the parents of the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy after World War II. The destruction from the war, parents believed, necessitated a new, quick approach to teaching their children. They felt that it is in the early years of development that children are forming who they are as an individual. Read more on the San Diego Reggio Roundtable About page.