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Archive for May 18, 2012

How to turn a corner?

My assistant and I have been working on a goal this year based off the ideas and concepts in the books Ramps and Pathways, which is a NAEYC publication.  Through reading the book, we felt so excited to begin the process of trying out these ideas.  We decided that each month we would plan a few lessons with open ended materials and questions to support the ten principles which are written in the book.

This is our third month and we have already learned so much.  We have decided to continue the goal through the next year as we feel we can learn so much more from the children.  We learned that we need to put more power in the children’s hands.  For instance, we planned out a lesson with intentions of what the children would use to make these ramps and tunnels.  The children had other ideas, which we followed, and were able to make tunnels and creations far beyond our thought process.

Through using Bloom’s Taxonomy and the questions that support the levels, we have heard how the children are thinking about their work, what the next step is, and what they would like to try.  The children are beginning to ask their peers these same questions such as, “Why did you need that block to make that work?”  and “How could you add something else to make it turn?”

The children have been using the NAEYC book as a reference and decided after their investigations all week that we needed to create our own book.  Currently, we have five pictures of the children’s work and several sketches.  This morning, the children opened the ramp book and began to re-create their work.  They then started to add on to their work and try to determine how to turn a corner.  We will add more photos after today’s work.

Check out our work: How to turn a corner

Has anyone worked with ramps in their classroom? At home?  What are you using to create ramps?

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