The Voices Of Children: Lessons Learned While Listening

While visiting the Diana School in Reggio Emilia in 1997,  I saw a little triptych posted outside a classroom, on which there were hand-written notes and drawings describing the children’s day for parents to read. I suddenly realized that there was, in that triptych, tremendous potential for documenting children’s process and thinking in an immediate, yet still fairly deep, way. From that point forward, I  kept a “daily log” of the group process in our classroom. I found these logs indispensable to the process of teacher research. Soon I realized that those moments of brilliance that were documented in the log were too good to keep to myself. I began to share them with parents, as attachments in email. Finding this method of dissemination problematic (only some of the parents could access the log), I tried every form of technology as it came available to me over the years: writing in Netscape, with Dreamweaver, with iWeb. When blogging became popular, the concept and infrastructure finally coincided, and what was once a private blog for only the parents and teachers at our school could then become public. I invite you into our world of one thousand moments…of the lessons we adults can learn from the voices of children. Thank you for reading!



Tarbut and the Intelligence of a Pomegranate

I recently had the remarkable privilege of spending a week at Colegio Hebreo Tarbut, a Jewish school for children 6 months old through high school in Mexico City. Tarbut is an established school but is relatively new to Reggio inspiration (starting its fourth year)....

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A Distressing Image of Education

In my local newspaper today there is an article about a nearby school district considering a year-round school schedule. As one who is trying to figure out how to make meaningful changes in the public school context… how to provide for children an education that...

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The Gift Of The Awake Mind

I taught Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten (4’s and 5’s) in the same school for nearly 4 decades. For 26 years, essentially the entire time I was in JK, we were Reggio inspired. I had noticed early on a remarkable difference from my pre-Reggio...

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The Child’s Right To Try

I’ve been thinking lately about the right of children to “try.” So much of data-driven, test-apprehensive pedagogy has set the shared value at the right answer. Failure is to be avoided at all costs. If they can’t pass the standardized test,...

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Constructing An Image Of God Part II

Conversations with children about philosophy can be particularly rich. Big questions like “What is real?” or “What makes me me?” or “What happens after people die?”, big questions without obvious answers, are like playgrounds for...

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Constructing An Image Of God, Part I

As Autumn blows slowly through the wooded path along the James River in my neighborhood, I am reminded of the conversations held by a group of children I know to co-construct an image of God. How profound their thinking, and how beautiful their representations! This...

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