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I need your help!

Posted 12 Dec 2010 — by Jennifer
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I have a workshop coming up in February about light as a material. I am curious–what would you want to know about? What questions do you have about light (and shadow, reflection, etc)? Do you have any suggestions or references to suggest? What do you think about light as a materials? What have you discovered with children or colleagues or yourself? I have done workshops about light before, but now that I have this forum I thought it might be interesting to collect ideas…

Stupid ideas

Posted 12 Dec 2010 — by Jennifer
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Following is an excerpt-with some clarifications for readability- from an email I sent to teachers at St John’s last week:

“I remember distinctly the meetings with MELC teachers and Amelia, when we came to this point in projects and experiences (the point where we had to bounce the ball back to children), and there would be a very uncomfortable silence at the table. In my head I would think “my ideas are so stupid” or something along those lines–I was afraid to put something out there and it not be ‘right.’ I wonder if we are all suffering from this? … if anyone would like to bring to a staff meeting a dialogue, a problem, something, we could have a ┬áreal brainstorm and comprise a list of possibilities–no judgements–with ideas we may follow or not–but we would have many more possibilities. What do you think? Any takers?”

Embedded in the replies was what I took to be a sense of relief–that what many felt, including myself, was articulated, and the simple action of admission of ignorance opened more doors for collaboration. Hand-in-hand with the outpouring of volunteers I think goes a sense of trust that exists among us. I am grateful to work with teachers in an environment like this.