From the 27th of March till the 7th of April, Mrs Vithoulka was in Italy for the Reggio Emilia Conference. The Reggio Emilia Conference provided Teachers with the opportunity to learn more about this educational approach and was invaluable in marrying up theoretic knowledge to practical implementation of this approach. The tour covered care and education of young children between 3 months to 6 years. It was a fantastic opportunity for Mrs Vithoulka to further examine practice and pedagogy.
Teachers were also given the opportunity to listen and speak to Pedagogistas, Atelieristas, and Teachers working with Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres to discuss projects and how they evolved, resources used, provocations created in the environment and questions that were asked and investigated by the children.
“I loved the way the conference married up theory and practice. Speaking to teachers and other professionals and having the opportunity to have questions answered by exceptional Italian educators was invaluable, as was being able to talk to the Australian participants (there was 145 of them!) about how we can adapt this approach to suit the Australian context.”
Centre visits were also allowed for participants to see these indoor and outdoor environments and for further consolidation of the theoretical knowledge discussed during the conference. Centre visits and project explanations highlighted the importance of this collaboration in the Reggio Emilia approach and the endless possibilities that children are capable of when given the opportunity to explore and think in both literal and abstract ways.
“From an education perspective I loved the way this conference was about focusing on the process of learning not the product of the learning. I thought this was very valuable to me as this marries in with the learning approach at All Saints Grammar, and it has already impacted the way we are documenting the children’s learning at Pre Kindy.”