Archive for October, 2012

What the Robin Knows

Posted 30 Oct 2012 — by Jennifer
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I just finished reading  What the Robin Knows, by Jon Young. I underlined many sections, but this one struck a particular chord, p.180:

“from the San Bushman presented in the introduction:
If one day I see a small bird and recognize it, a thin thread will form between me and that bird. If I just see it but don’t really recognize it, there is no thin thread. If I go out tomorrow and see and really recognize that same individual small bird again, the thread will thicken and strengthen just a little. Every time I see and recognize that bird, the thread strengthens. eventually it will grow into a string, then a cord, and finally a rope. This is what it means to be a Bushman. we make ropes with all aspects of the creation in this way.”
I am wondering how often when I observe I am recognizing, and how often I am simply looking?

Image of the Child: The Knight Life

Posted 07 Oct 2012 — by Jennifer
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technology in the classroom

Posted 03 Oct 2012 — by Jennifer
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I made a promise to myself  this year to include technology as one of the “Hundred Languages.” Not that I am reticent, but it has never been in the forefront of my mind in my work with children. Having good technology really helps, and my own studies this summer-a Photoshop class, makes me more comfortable navigating various draw programs.

This week I began introducing the Bamboo tablet to some 4.5/5 year old children. I am watching carefully and with fascination as they navigate and investigate. I am learning and wondering alongside them as they discover new possibilities with the media. I am stumped sometimes by not being able to undo or fix something. The children, however, are not frustrated or impatient. They are excited and available and willing to experiment with abandon.

Below are my notes, following one child’s first drawing (I didn’t take photographs of all of the steps, so I hand-drew some of them). I also learned a lot by this close observation of Maeve and other children I worked with. I noticed that some children explored all the tools, some stayed with one, some explored options, some were intentional about what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. All children used their “mistakes” as launching points. They liked the ease of erasing and undoing, in fact one child asked first thing “how do I erase?” I love Maeve’s comment towards the end (after close to 30 minutes of working): “This is just like drawing!”