Reblogged from A Teacher’s Reflections :
While this is a post I wrote about play performances with children, it is really about far more. Oh, yes! It is about believing and taking risks. It is about freedom and encouragement. It’s my philosophy of teaching.
Paying attention to children and what they like is the key to their greatest learning experiences. It’s called emergent curriculum, and this is much like how it happens:
“Imagine being on a quest with a group of children, walking through the woods, and suddenly discovering something shiny on the ground. You pause to look, brush away the dirt and leaves, and uncover a hatch. You stop, knowing the excitement is just the beginning, and ask questions. Oh, those “W” questions lead to hours of wondering and predictions. At last, you open the hatch and discover there is no darkness. There is light and a beautiful stairway, leading to the joy of learning.”
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