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Five Days in the Forest

Five Days in the Forest

We began the 5-day session by joining in a circle in the open concept eating, gathering room at Tawingo College, a beautiful 150-acre campus that also has an Outdoor Kindergarten. We were invited to introduce ourselves by stating our name, followed by an animal and then a sound associated with this animal. Shortly after this … Continue reading

Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins: The Exhibit as a Catalyst for Love and Respect Amongst Colleagues

Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins: The Exhibit as a Catalyst for Love and Respect Amongst Colleagues

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Many years ago I declared myself Reggio inspired. Now along with others, and in collaboration with Acorn School, under the pedagogical leadership of Rosalba Bortolotti, we are declaring a dual allegiance and making it known that we are now Hawkins inspired as well. Since 2013, when a contract was signed … Continue reading

Documenting Collaboration in Teaching and Learning

Documenting Collaboration in Teaching and Learning

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Embracing Reggio principles in practice,  I am committed to research. I see research as an opportunity to act upon our knowledge in a way that is collaborative, creative and critical.  Collaboration can be rich. When I have the opportunity to write, co-facilitate professional learning and together with others, mess about … Continue reading

Our Pedagogical Approach to Professional Learning

Our Pedagogical Approach to Professional Learning

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE.  I have been teaching adults in the college classroom and beyond for many, many memorable years. Professional collaboration has resulted in the provision of personally transformative professional learning experiences that have gifted me with opportunities to engage with inspiring educators from all over the world in real and virtual time. … Continue reading

My father was a scientist

My father was a scientist. He was a left-brain thinker. My mother is an artist, loves nature and sees the world aesthetically. The two worlds often collided but came together when as a family we were outside, hunting for rocks, on beaches, by streams and in quarries. I had wild ideas back then about being … Continue reading

Leaving Traces of Professional Learning through Social Media

Leaving Traces of Professional Learning through Social Media

What if early learning professionals considered social media as a form of making learning visible, for leaving traces? Heeding Malaguzzi advice that “teachers must leave behind an isolated, silent mode of working, which leaves no traces” (1998, p. 68), many have turned to social media to make learning visible through electronic documentation.  No longer isolated … Continue reading