It Was One of the Best Learning Experiences of the Week, and It Wasn’t Planned by Me.

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The natural items area of our classroom is a busy area often with a group of children waiting to have a turn to play there.  One morning I noticed children using a piece of dried clay as paint/chalk to add color to stones and bark.  The children reminded me  once again to return to the “Pedagogy of Listening”  (Carlina Rinaldi).  When I listen, I learn.  It’s DIFFERENT to paint with dried clay.  DIFFERENT draws a crowd.  Other children began to gather with an interest of doing similar work.  It was one of the best learning experiences of the week, and it wasn’t planned by me.

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