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The Rhythm of Learning in Nature: A Knowledge Retreat

The Rhythm of Learning in Nature: A Knowledge Retreat

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. This is the third summer, that the York Region Nature Collaborative  has hosted the The Rhythm of Learning in Nature, which has been promoted over the years as a 5-day summer intensive – an unforgettable indoor/outdoor learning journey for about 30 early learning professionals. Previously billed as the Reggio Summer Intensive, this … Continue reading

Invitations, Provocations and Reflective Practice

Invitations, Provocations and Reflective Practice

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. When I first began teaching early childhood education about three decades ago, there were many discussions about the language that we use  to name what we do. I remember that our conversations related to moving away from using the term, “activities”. At the time, early learning teachers were setting up activities … Continue reading

Multiplicity in Materials: Reggio Inspiration and the Knowledge of Jean Piaget

Multiplicity in Materials: Reggio Inspiration and the Knowledge of Jean Piaget

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have been reading a lot about tinkering lately. Tinkering is about hands-on experiences, learning from failures, and unstructured time to explore and invent. And through the processes of exploration and invention lies the potential for innovation. When this image appeared on my newsfeed recently, I thought back to the theorist that most influenced my practice as an … Continue reading

Inspired Professional Learning in and with Nature

Inspired Professional Learning in and with Nature

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have been involved in the early childhood education community in York Region, Ontario for almost three decades. Throughout this time it has been my privledge to support professional learning and training at both the pre and in-service level. I have had the opportunity to build professional relationships with many others … Continue reading