“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. ”
― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
My inspiration comes from the Reggio Emilia approach and Socio-Constructivism theory.
I believe children’s interests and explorations should provide the framework for curriculum and investigation. Our thoughtful and intentionally designed environment fosters children’s experiences, relationships and opportunities for cooperative work. Materials are selected that are interesting and provoke creativity and wonder.
Our work with children hinges on respectful, collaborative relationships between staff, families and the community. The active participation of our parents is an essential element in the life of children.
What is Constructivism?
In Constuctivism, learning occurs through experiencing the world. This 20th century theory is built on the work of psychologist Jean Piaget, who believed that children build their own knowledge through play and their experiences. Constructivism also takes cues from psychologist Lev Vygotsky and his understanding that learning is a social activity.
|National Geographic Photography Contest – “Sun showers- Catching hope”
California enters its 4th driest season – reservoirs hitting the lowest of lows and the proclamation from the state capital sounding apocalyptic “we have water stored for only a year.”
Amidst all of these, when forecast read “Rain is coming!” it drew my attention. As the sky gradually gained the shades of gray playing catch with the occasional sliver of light from the sun forcing its way through, the little particulates of rain pitter-pattered on my windshield.
To me these tiny diamonds represented hope – hope that we can endure the drought, hope that a solution is on its way. My daughter extended her hand to catch these rare jewels. It seemed to me she read my mind and took a leap of faith to catch hope. Hope after all is catchy and contagious!
|May 3rd is National Teacher’s Day. I would like to dedicate my piece The Black Princess to educators who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, in and out of classrooms, to break stereotypes and racial biases.
While Politicians like Donald Trump devise fear strategies to DIVIDE people on racial lines. Teacher’s like the one I narrate work tirelessly in making the classroom environment culturally sensitive and hence UNITE our young children by eliminating stereotypes and racial biases. The piece is one of those dedicated educator’s story. [Read Full Piece]
|“Nature as the celebrated artist” – Being at Getty outdoors is an inspirational experience. The hidden gems in nature – plants, shrubs, twigs, rocks, sand, water invites me to cross-over, exploring human relationship with nature. [Read More]|