All of the talks and workshops started with an opportunity to review documentation highlighting different constructions.
The next part of any presentation was the talk and the PowerPoint. In Wales, I was a keynote with Elizabeth Jarman at their conference called The Potential of Provision.
Half of the presentations in the UK also included actual building where the practitioners could try to create their own structures. That was when the real fun began. And it always began with gathering the materials and discussing the possibilities.
Now that the UK tour is over, I have begun to think about the sustainability of the building process for the participants. I know from over 25 years of building experience that some of the creations will die a quick death once the children have at them. When that happens, what will be the response of their creators? Will it be a once-and-done? "Oh, I have tried that and it did not work." Or will it be an opportunity to learn a bit about the construction and materials and how the children approach them so the building process can be improved upon? Or will it be an opportunity to bring the children into the process? And when all is said and done, what factors will encourage continued building? Will it be availability of resources? Will it be support and encouragement of colleagues? Will it be the children and their needs? What will it be?
Thank you UK practitioners who attended the talks and workshops. It was brilliant; you were brilliant.