In recent years, many teachers have come to visit our preschools. The most asked question,
“What do I need to do to be a Reggio Inspired Teacher?”
I could probably go on for days and never fully answer this question. Even after 20 years, I am still evolving in this pursuit.
First and foremost, you must be mindful! Mindful in the manner in which you pay attention to the children in your classroom. Mindful of the experiences you share so they challenge theories, test limits, honor the thoughts of the children. You must be mindful of how you treat children and colleagues; be respectful, and honestly engaged. You must know the materials and their potentials before you engage the children. However know that the children will give new meaning to them as they work. Be mindful of your environment, for it is your third teacher. It is a living entity and will evolve, change and need modifications. Most of all do not be hurried and remember that your intent should be to support children’s dispositions. Teaching too much too soon can harm a child’s development.
Remember that your documentation is not only a visual trace of what the child does it is an evolving testament to the development of each child in collaboration with his peers teachers, families and the community.
Be a relationship builder, with children, their families, your colleagues and the global community. It is in relationship that we flourish. It is here that I discovered how my work has inspired many educators. No man is an island!
You will wear many hats; photographer, researcher, teacher, co learner, facilitator, scavenger, philanthropist, nurturer, nature lover……
Give yourself over to the journey and relinquish your fear of failure. There is no perfect formula. It is in the journey that you will discover the true meaning of being Reggio Inspired.
The children make their representation of what they would see on a drive through the country.