So now what?

Posted 26 Jul 2012 in Uncategorized

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?





  1. I think you bring up a good point Elena, that the “I get Reggio” could be just the beginning, and as people move forward they realize that this is neither attainable nor desirable. As long as the mind remains open and the learning continues…

  2. Cinnamon

    “Reggio” isn’t a dance that one can master. Just like Pam Harris said, it’s a way of truly being in this life. Until the day I take my last breath, I am here to learn. I am here to research, hypothesize, experiment, share, question, and dialogue. This is how/why I view myself as a ‘Reggio Approach’ style teacher. I’ll never be done. I’ll never get “there”…..but I will always ask the question, “Does my practice reflect my ethics?” that Tiziana Filippini shared this in a discussion this spring in Reggio Emilia.

  3. I was going to say that”Process not product”. Maybe the “I get Reggio” comment is just the beginning because if it is really gotten then it can never be said that an end has been reached. Reggio educators in Italy have been on track for 50 years and I am sure they are still learning but I bring this again to any Reggio in America discussion: We are not in Reggio Emilia. The mindset here is different, it takes other routes to get to the same . Yes some of us get it easily, some others take longer because there is also an unlearning process.

  4. Pam Harris

    To “get” Reggio is like saying, “I get life. I’m done. “. I don’t like the “Reggio” buzz line that defines it as something tangible; something you can ‘get to’. The more I reflect, the more it seems almost spiritual in nature- a way of truly being in this life, both with the children in our care AND in my life in general. Process not product… To put it simply.

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