Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Lost Streams of Wellington - a Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogue (REID) workshop

“Children’s lives are shaped by the places they inhabit” (Taylor, 2010, p.1).

Recently, the Wellington-based organisation REID (Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogues) held the first part of a professional development symposium focussing on the importance of ‘place’ for young children's learning. The session began with a guided walk around places of significance to Mana Whenua in Te Aro by Liz Mellish, a respected elder of the local iwi. Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Te Aro Pa, Te Aro Park and the Waimapihi stream were part of the journey of discovery for participants.

The walk was followed by a seminar on place-based investigations with children by Dr Anne Meade. Participants were encouraged to discuss the places of significance within their own EC community, and to plan for investigations of these with their children.

The day finished with a wonderful visual arts response by participants that I led,  and this work has become the basis for a new exhibition at the Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington.
The exhibition is a developing one as the REID teachers add their children’s work to the show over the next few months. 



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