To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I did not cook all day long and I did not eat pumpkin pie. That’s the bad news; in honor of exploration, however, I spent the day circumnavigating both Tamil and French areas of Pondicherry, complete with provisions of a chocolate croissant & espresso that I was very grateful for. And in honor of cooperation, my students helped me prepare my presentation for the Fulbright Conference I was attending in Pondicherry.
We made a Thanksgiving Story touching on the major influences defining my project so far, with between 5 and 10 students collaborating on each large page; I bound the sheets into a “storybook” and explained the course of my research interspersed with our aquatic tale at the conference. The meat of the presentation is the narrative built on images, with the bare-bones structure of notes that I spoke about in between. Je vous remercie, et bon appetit.
– I am interested in extending the concepts behind Waldorf, Montessouri, & Reggio Emilia methods of progressive arts education to benefit underprivileged students.
– I chose to focus on Reggio Emilia because of 3 points : non-linguistic methods of communication are encouraged, teachers & students are re-defined as partners in research, learning is structured around active work on experiential projects.
– Value of projects is practice setting goals, research, organization, and presentation skills.
– Children deserve support as they face the challenges of a constantly developing present. The epidemics of the modern world – HIV/AIDS, malaria, contaminated water, malnutrition, natural disasters – have and will continue to affect their lives.
– Children have the right & responsibility to effect change. Flooding in Andhra Pradesh this fall made social consciousness a central concern.
– Sphoorti responded by donating available school supplies & raising funds for rice, providing students with a crucial pattern of responsible citizenship.
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– We began the curriculum with a mapping project to explore surroundings & relationships. Working with a group of students who are separated from traditional familial ties underscores the importance of connections between individuals and the community.
– Nai Talim is Gandhi’s very controversial philosophy of experiential education based around mastery of a craft. The utility of crafts & exercise can be turned towards a different set of skills in this situation.
– Through traditions of weaving, dance, and festivals we can explore local culture as co-researchers.
This bullet point-skeleton comes from a paper that will be presented in February, so there are lots of complete thoughts to back up any concept in there that piques your curiosity. Just let me know if you want to discuss!
The Happily Ever After.