Our minds and spirits are all filled up from the two workshops we attended! We are feeling amazingly inspired and all agree we are on the right pathways in terms of our teaching and curriculum but wow, we have lots of exciting work to do ahead! We met some incredible educators who are doing innovative and responsive work within the field of education. We are all grateful for these training opportunities as they help us to reflect, grow, contemplate and connect to ourselves and each other in new and meaningful ways.
The Friday Pro- D Conference, attended by Kate, Heidi and myself, was hosted by the Vancouver Reggio Consortium with the presenters coming from Opal School of the Children’s Portland Museum. The conference title “Powerful Literacy and the Power of their Ideas”, truly encompasses their message: literacy is much larger than how we usually define it; children are intelligent, sensitive and knowledgable human beings who can take on new challenges and create endless possibilities when allowed the time and freedom to explore. We love this way of thinking as it relates to our “Image of the Child” and will continue to use it as a way of guiding our curriculum.
On Saturday, Kate and I attended a symposium, “Growing More Knowledge” at Royal Roads University. It was equally interesting and inspiring, in different ways. Focusing on Forest Schools, Nature Programs and Outdoor Learning, we heard and engaged with other educators in the field. It is refreshing to hear other’s journeys of transforming their classes into outdoor learning experiences. Being in a room full of people who believe in the importance of place-based education (our passion), respect the wide variety of ways of knowing based on Indigenous teachings and incorporating a Reggio model of philosophy, was soul filling indeed!
When you look through these pictures, I invite you to see children as we do- capable, creative, intelligent, humourous, engaging and fun to be around!
‘Till the next post,