- Tom Bedard
- Early childhood education has been my life for over 30 years. I have taught all age groups from infants to 5-year-olds. I was a director for five years in the 1980s, but I returned to the classroom 22 years ago. My passion is watching the ways children explore and discover their world. In the classroom, everything starts with the reciprocal relationships between adults and children and between the children themselves. With that in mind, I plan and set up activities. But that is just the beginning. What actually happens is a flow that includes my efforts to invite, respond and support children's interface with those activities and with others in the room. Oh yeh, and along the way, the children change the activities to suit their own inventiveness and creativity. Now the processes become reciprocal with the children doing the inviting, responding and supporting. Young children are the best learners and teachers. I am truly fortunate to be a part of their journey.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
REVISITING CARDBOARD CHUTES---PURE JOY
When I was looking over pictures and videos for a new post, I ran across a video that I could have used in the post entitled: CARDBOARD CHUTES - EXPERIMENTING. The small video exemplifies how joyful learning can be. Isaac is experimenting by rolling different objects down a chute. He experiences how gravity influences objects on an incline plane. Of course, he is not thinking that, but he is physically experiencing it (touch, sight, and sound).
Now that was fun!
Posted by Tom Bedard at 1/05/2011