Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Working in the Reggio Way Giveaway

I recently attended a one-day workshop on Reggio Emilia. That sparked my interest in how to make the Reggio way work here in the United States and in learning more about how the classrooms I work with could be Reggio inspired. In my quest to learn more about ways to apply the Reggio Emilia philosophy to early childhood practices and classrooms I read the book More Working in the Reggio Way.


More Working in the Reggio Way was a quick and easy read and allowed me to easily apply Reggio-inspired thinking to the early childhood education system we have here in the United States. The book offered easy to understand explanations and descriptions of the basic tenets of Reggio-inspired practice, as well as suggestions for addressing and reflecting on the challenges of bringing Reggio-inspired practice into American classrooms. 

While Dr. Wurm addressed a whole list of cultural barriers in the book, there were a few that really stood out to me. 

Children develop along a unique timeline. We must leave behind the notion that all children evolve in an orderly fashion and in the same sequence. 

Adding "Reggio" objects to the environment does not make a Reggio-inspired program. Objects should be added to the environment based on the children. 

Emergent curriculum is not just free play. It requires intentionality on the part of the teacher. Placing materials in the environment and leaving children to simply explore them without some type of to and fro interaction can only go so far. 

Giving young children more freedom is not a bad thing. A significant tenet of the American education system is the attempt to completely or greatly control student behavior and choice. 

More rules do not solve all problems, but rather rules should result from a demonstrated need or condition. 

With each challenge that Wurm addresses, she offers ideas for how the American classroom teacher can apply the Reggio tenet to his or her own classroom. I have now gone back to read Wurman's first book Working in the Reggio Way: A Beginner's Guide for American Teachers to gain an even clearer understanding of the way to bring Reggio-inspiration into the classrooms I am working with. 

I am excited to say that I have a copy of More Working in the Reggio Way to give away to one lucky blogger. This book has been such a great and inspiring read that I am super excited about sharing it with someone. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your name and email address in it. The giveaway ends Saturday, December 6th at midnight. 

In in my search to learn more about incorporating Reggio-inspired practices into the American early childhood classroom I have also created a Reggio-Inspired Pinterest board. You can check it out here

27 comments:

Michele said...

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Katie said...

Thanks for sharing these great resources! I've been looking for ways to integrate this into my classroom.

Katie Nelson
Katlin.j.nelson@gmail.com

Allison said...

I am so happy to see you are blogging about this. As a student teacher, I had experience in a preschool with Reggio materials. I have felt frustrated with how to incorporate this into the public school classroom! I look forward to future blog posts and new ideas!

Allison
allison.m.mooney@gmail.com

debbie said...

I love reading about different educational approaches. Thank you for this post

Shyann Ethier said...

Shyann Ethier

shyann.ethier@epsb.ca

Thank you for ALL of the information you share. So helpful for those of use who are new to Kindergarten but want to be using the best practices out there.

Anonymous said...

Anne Youngs
annecyoungs@gmail.com

Love your blog! Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge:)

♥ Owl in a Vowel Tree ♥ said...

I also recently discovered Reggio and have been seeking ways of incorporating it into my classroom. I am so inspired and so happy to have come across your post! :)

Lori
Owlinavoweltree@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have not heard of the resources but will be seeking them out! Thanks for sharing! Now to check out the pinterest board

Gail
gaguiar429@hotmail.com

Mary Jones said...

The pics I have seen of Reggio-inspired classrooms has always sparked a desire to incorporate in my classroom. Thanks for your post!

Mary
marelizjones@hotmail.com

Dee Rath said...

This is new for me - but I would like to know more! Thank you for this great information!

Dee Ann Rath
Rosemont Primary
drath@dallasisd.org

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Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to read this book. My aunt has a Reggio inspired pre-school and Kindergarten school in Washington State. I am in awe of how she used these methods to create an amazing environment for her students. I am always looking for new ways to be inspired!
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