Our Thinking Studios are virtual spaces created for learning together with dialogue, ideas and documentation of thinking. We gather in small groups, playi with ideas, and create spaces for generating new possibilities together, it feels just like our in person Thinking Studios. The collective thinking structure allows us to share in all of our experiences and as we interact, we gain new perspectives on our work.
Thinking Studios Online to Come
A series of Documentation Dialogues is being constructed. This is a series of four Thinking Studios Online where we will consider a piece of documentation as the intersection of the children’s and the educator’s research. The topics are varied from decolonizing practice, to children’s generated ideas for well-being, artistic processes, and children’s connections to the land.
Thinking Studios Online from 2020
ReCognition was pleased to offer these Thinking Studios Online as a learning space designed to help you co-construct your own ideas about some of the questions that challenge us right now. Reflecting in large and small groups with active participation and facilitated conversations is part of our learning space together. Sharing our experiences and generating ideas will be collected to offer back to the group to make our thinking visible to each other. It’s just like our live experiences, now offered online.
Responding during Covid: a unique series co hosted with Susan Stacey
(self portrait, photographer, Harvey Boelsma, 2 years 7 months)
Spaces for listening: Facing our Fears the second dialogue Thursday, July 30, 2020
Our first dialogue had many ideas and topics that arose as possibilities to think about together. Aspects of relationships, the outdoors, creating spaces for hearing children’s and educators narratives on their experiences in this time, and the power of documentation.
The Threads: complexity in simplicity, documenting the children’s responses, documenting this time in history, the idea of waiting, listening waiting, slowing down to listen, taking notice of what children are saying, taking/giving back their power, how can we tell the stories…outdoor, relationships and small groups. Calm, well-being, materials and imagination and the big idea of transformation.
Our second dialogue had a beginning reference point for our thinking, of creating spaces for wellness, comfort and thinking of simplicity in our ways of moving forward. We introduced the concepts of “hygge”, and our re-interpretation of those principles in our developing contexts.
Our second topic of this dialogue focused on listening for children’s ideas and narratives in our spaces. What have you been noticing? What have you been attending to? We shared our experiences and thoughts as we looked at our present and leaned into the future.
We are approaching this as a co-researcher…of some of these ideas in the second dialogue and the follow up dialogues to come..
“And, we discussed the importance, when the children come back, of watching and waiting. The need for patience, to see ‘where children are’ in response to the pandemic. They will have opinions and fears. They’ll need a safe place to express them. Therefore, we as educators also need to know and face our fears, and have a place to discuss them. Online forums can work, as can team meetings. How can we help children, and ourselves, to find ways of feeling safe?
ReOpening, ReCreating, and Responding -a fourth conversation October 13, 2020
Hearing Children’s Voices through Documentation, in COVID times
“As they return, how will children show us what they know about Covid? Probably, as some people have already seen, through ‘Covid play,’ just as children played out the events of 9/11. And we can think about the possibilities of art. Painting, drawing, modeling, all provide outlets. We wondered, in our discussion, about dramatic play, and how this could be made safe. And yet, I have to believe that children will act out their ideas whether they have typical ‘props’ or not. The language of drama is a broad one. Fabric, outdoor nooks, branches, etc. provide ways to act out ideas. Children have acted out world events for hundreds of years without any help from us; they will continue to do so.” Susan Stacey
Our fourth and final dialogue is an invitation to notice children’s ideas around COVID and their lived experience in a pandemic. Our intention is to ground our dialogue in the processes of documentation and hearing children’s voices in our contexts. This online experience will be where you will be able to share your own documentation with us… a photo, a rough form of notes, a piece of text, or a conversation. How can we share the children’s experiences? What transforms our thinking as we research this particular time in history? Let’s gather round and share stories…
This is an opportunity for a collaborative dialogue in creating deeper meanings and thinking about the voices of children and our continued responses. What stories are being told of this time? Researching ideas that are brought forth by this ever-changing context brings excitement and wondering to our work.