"Oh yes, Reggio Emilia....I've heard of that......Now what exactly is Reggio Emilia?" Yes, this is a common reaction. Well, in all fairness mentioning "Waldorf" can prompt some funny looks as well, but on a much smaller scale, and it's a topic for another time.The gist of Reggio Emilia is the following: Focus is on the child, not only as a learner but also as a guide. The teacher not only facilitates but is a learner as well. When the teacher observes how a child acquires information, ergo knowledge, the teacher can better understand how that particular child learns and can structure a true individualized curriculum and environment. How is this brought about? With a lot of work and a surprising amount of structure! The portfolio method of evaluation is absolutely essential, and the teacher needs to have a tight enough grip on his ego to allow the child to guide himself. A hands-off approach is not as easy to develop as one might think. After the approach is underway, though, there becomes a natural flow to the activities of the day that, while focused, are completely fluid.
Brainstorming by the individual child (or by the class) initiates a topic. The curriculum then is developed by focusing on a particular topic and evolves into a multi-dimensional project. Therefore Reggio Emilia in this country is often referred to as "Project Approach". A project concept is thoroughly researched over days, weeks and often over months. It all depends on the level of interest and the amount of detail invested. In this approach there is little emphasis on information memorization, but rather in the art of learning from new situations that present themselves and from schema (a multi-faceted perceptual model) rather than the isolated presentation of facts.
A Reggio class will display art that results from their careful investigation of the topic of interest. Learning is made evident by the art displayed. In essence, the environment becomes another means of evaluation and is in reality a diagnostic tool. These are, of course, just a few of the characteristics of Reggio style, and as I'm sure you see, can easily be incorporated into any teaching model to enhance an already existing program.
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Loan recipients on 'strike' meet with federal officials
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master's degree that she's joined others on a "debt strike" and refusing to pay back the money.
Corinthian College graduates protest student loans
Day 7 of deliberations in Atlanta schools cheating trial
ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors are set to start their seventh day of deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests.
5 Key Benefits of U.S. Community Colleges for International Students
Community college should be familiar to most international students and their parents. Here is some information on what community colleges really are and how they are different from four-year institutions, as well as which types of international students may want to consider community college. Tuition: Tuition is probably one of the biggest concerns that make many students -- and not just international ones -- choose a community college over a four-year institution. For international students, the tuition for a four-year institution can vary widely, up to and more than $40,000 dollars a year, while the tuition for a community college could be closer to $10,000 per year.
Does wearing American flag incite violence? Supreme Court lets stand ruling
The US Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not take up a major First Amendment case testing whether school officials in California violated the free speech rights of three high school students who were told they could not wear American flag T-shirts at school because it might upset students of Mexican heritage. The administrators said they took the action out of concern that Hispanic students might assault or otherwise harass the students for wearing shirts displaying the American flag on the same day Hispanic students were celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the school. School officials determined that the threats of violence were credible. Rather than confront those making the threats, the school officials focused on the students displaying the American flag.
High court rejects church appeal over use of public school
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a small evangelical church in the Bronx seeking to overturn New York City's ban on after-hours religious worship services at public schools.
Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.
Perform to Your Potential With These AP Calculus Exam Tips
The Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam is one of the most challenging AP tests that students can take. Despite its difficulty, the AP Calculus AB exam is a golden opportunity for high school students. Here are several tips that can help you ensure that the score you receive is the best possible reflection of your AP Calculus AB knowledge.
MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankings
Photo by Steven Ryan Few would be surprised to see Terrence Phillips (with ball) and No. 1 Oak Hill Academy meet Ben Simmons and No. 2 Montverde Academy once again for the championship at Dick's Nationals. Montverde Academy beat Oak Hill 71-62 in last year's final. MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard 1. (No. 1 last week) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 45-0 * The Warriors open Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals on Thursday against Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.). 2. (2) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 28-1 Dick's Nationals participant. The two-time defending champs meet No. 9 Greensboro Day in Thursday's quarterfinals. 3. (3) Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.), 31-2 VISAA Division I state champions. Season complete. 4. (4) Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), 30-2 GHSA Class AAAAAA state champions. Headed to New York City for Dick's Nationals, where they will meet No. 8 Huntington St. Joseph Prep in the quarterfinal round. 5. (5) Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, Fla.), 28-0 FHSAA Class 7A state champions. Meet No. 11 Findlay Prep in the first round at Dick's Nationals. * Record includes forfeit victory Photo by Ken Reabe Jr. Don't sleep on Miles Bridges and No. 8 Huntington St. Joseph Prep this week at Dick's Nationals. 6. (6) Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.), 32-1 AIA Division I state champions. Season complete. 7. (7) Jonesboro (Ga.), 32-1 GHSA Class AAAA state champions. Season complete. 8. (8) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 30-2 The Fighting Irish will carry a 13-game win streak into their Dick's Nationals opener with No. 4 Wheeler. 9. (9) Greensboro Day (N.C.), 33-2 NCISAA Class 3A state champions. The Bengals – one of the nation's best defensive teams – will attempt to slow down high-scoring No. 2 Montverde Academy in the opening round at Dick's Nationals. 10. (10) Plano West (Texas), 33-2 UIL Class 6A state champions. Season complete. File photo by Todd Shurtleff Senior guard Paris Austin helped No. 13 Bishop O'Dowd end a streak of six consecutive losses in state championship games over the weekend. The Dragons beat four-time defending state champ Mater Dei for the CIF Open Division crown. 11. (11) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 28-2 The Pilots are headed to Dick's Nationals, where they took home titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012 (known then as National High School Invitational). 12. (12) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 27-5 NCISAA Class 3A runner-up. Season complete. 13. (13) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), 28-4 North Coast Section Division III and CIF Open Division state champions. Season complete. 14. (14) Mustang (Okla.), 28-0 OSSAA Class 6A state champions. Season complete. 15. (15) Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 33-1 FHSAA Class 5A state champions. Season complete. Photo by Richard Ta No. 20 Roselle Catholic played well down the stretch en route to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title. 16. (16) Callaway (Jackson, Miss.), 31-3 MHSAA Class 5A state champions. Season complete. 17. (17) Garfield (Seattle), 27-2 WIAA Class 3A state champions. Season complete. 18. (18) Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), 29-2 PIAA Class AAAA state champions. Season complete. 19. (21) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 33-4 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season, Maryland private schools tournament and Alhambra Catholic Invitational champions. Season complete. 20. (22) Roselle Catholic (N.J.), 28-4 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winner. Season complete. Photo by Patrick Gorski Villanova recruit Jalen Brunson helped No. 21 Stevenson go 90-10 over the past three seasons with two trips to the Illinois Class 4A state championship game. 21. (23) Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.), 30-3 IHSA Class 4A state champions. Season complete. 22. (NR) Western International (Detroit), 26-0 MHSAA Class A state champions. Season complete. 23. (24) Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.), 31-1 FHSAA Class 3A state champions. Season complete. 24. (NR) Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.), 30-2 PSAL Class AA champions, Class AA Federation Tournament of Champions winner. Meets No. 1 Oak Hill Academy on Thursday at Dick's Nationals. 25. (25) Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.), 16-16 * TSSAA Class AAA state champions. Season complete. * Record includes 15 forfeit losses Dropped out: No. 19 last week Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.); No. 20 La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.). Just missed: Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.); Mater Dei, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia); Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.).
In Kenya, religious coexistence feels pressure of stronger Muslim identity
Her attire speaks to a series of compromises between her Christian-funded school and its Muslim students. This is the trade-off for attending Malindi Central Primary School, one of Kenya’s many church-sponsored public schools. Administrators are struggling to figure out how to accommodate a growing and increasingly devout Muslim population in public schools founded and often funded by churches. “There is this fear that Muslims are stepping on other people’s toes by demanding to practice their faith in places that don’t belong to them,” says Hassan Ole Naado, head of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM).