My yoga instructor asked class, “how many of you are here so that you can finally be able to touch your toes?” No one outwardly admitted having this thought, but I knew my intentions were similarly finite: heal so that I can run again.
She asked us, “So now what? Will you stop coming to yoga? You did it; you arrived at your goal, you can touch your toes–is this the end? Where will you go from here?”
I often hear people make similar comments about the Reggio Approach: “I get the Reggio Approach.” “I’m there, I’ve been studying for years.” I think that often those comments are defensive, as if not knowing something or not understanding is a crime. I think about the educators in Reggio, and how consistently and vigorously they analyze and research their own teaching and learning (for the past 50 years). They have not “arrived” at an end point, there is always movement forward, while simultaneously re-examining the past.
[a great quotation from Jimmy Cliff: "It's always good to revisit the past, to know where we are today."]
So can we go deeper in our understanding of the Approach? Of ourselves? Of our learning and teaching? Of the processes of thinking? Or are we moving on to something different now that we “get Reggio?” Are we done learning?
So now what?