Why had I become so interested in the ordinary? I found a rationale in a book I read this summer called Dancing with Reggio Emilia: metaphors of quality, by Stefania Gamminuti, an Australian educator who turned her dissertation into a book about how she came to understand the life of the children, teachers and parents in the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As someone who has never visited Reggio Emilia, this book gave me the clearest picture of what it means to be Reggio-inspired. By using metaphors, all of which are anchored by pedagogical documentation, Stefania lays out her understanding of the underlying values that inform the practice of teaching and learning in the schools of Reggio Emilia. Here is an example:
Joy from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.