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Reflections Afield

A recent trip to observe fountains by the multi-age students provided ateliertista, Wendy Robbins, additional inspiration for methods to enhance her students experiences with the Ross EEC's Reggio Emilia  inspired curriculum.  Wendy shares, "One of the Reggio hallmarks that I am exploring in more detail lately is the role of field site visits, not only during an investigation but as a provocation tool as well. I feel that the timing is right for our program to examine how we want to interpret this facet of the approach. Our campus is centered in a deeply rich community environment. We have so much easily available to us, and I see our teachers taking note of it. In the two site visits I made with classes this week, I saw confirmation that the children notice it, too. They could recall many details of the sights they take in as they come to school each day. How do their experiences and mental pictures affect their interests in the classrooms? How can we as their teachers capitalize on this?" Wendy's participation and engagement with her students continue to redefine her role as atelierista and enrich the experience of all students in the Ross EEC.