In February I shot a few short videos of two students working together on the magnetic board. I wanted to share them with you and note a few things:
The students are doing their own alphabet activity, even though I had something different laid out on the magnetic board that corresponded with the sorting circles from the previous blog post. This is one of the aspects I love about the Reggio Emilia Approach…letting children find their way and explore the classroom as they wish. I didn’t stop the activity or try to re-direct them. They were on-task, learning, and being 100% appropriate.
Secondly, they are working together, as a team. This is called “scaffolding” in early childhood lingo. One student is expanding the knowledge of another student in a stair step model. They are learning from each other. One is teaching, one is learning. The model reverses itself through the videos…
The two students start to talk about some other things in this video, but then get back on track with looking for letters. They are helping each other in such a great way!
Next, B continues with the work on his own and gets really far through the alphabet.
Lastly, another student comes along. She quietly observes, and doesn’t interrupt his play. But, she is taking in the lesson in her own way! Learning from a different angle.
This is just a short series of videos that I captured, but I thought it demonstrated how active learning takes place in our classroom each and every day!