This weeks theme revolves around sensory/motor development and classroom design


This weeks theme revolves around sensory/motor development and classroom design
Please review all the videos and focus on at least one question from each video.
As a reminder, please do not try to answer all the questions. Your answers should focus on depth. Please don’t copy the questions. Just fold the question into your post. This makes it feel less like a quiz and more like a discussion 🙂
Video #1: Scenes from a RIE training
In this video, you will see a RIE Master teacher working with parents.
Here are some guiding questions:
What do you think the intent of the teacher is? There are probably a few
What is her approach to coaching parents?
What do you feel her belief is about infant safety?
Can you see the role of risk in development?
How does chapter 7 and 11 relate to this material (no need for a summary here, just specific connections.)
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Video #2: Play spaces, the outdoor classroom, and challenging environments
I know that many of you work with older children and these video apply to wider age range.
The second video discusses the work of Eric Nelson, a pioneer in developing outdoor classroom spaces for preschools. He is a Los Angeles local and is closely connected with the lab school at JPL.
Video #3: Arctic Preschool
The third video shows the extraordinary work being done in an Arctic outdoor preschool classroom.
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Some guiding for these videos (again, please do not attempt to answer them all. I’m looking for depth, not breadth):
Consider this idea, “preschools should be designed to be as safe as necessary, not safe as possible.”
What do you think is lost when we “bubble wrap” our children?
How would you implement ideas from these videos in the design of your classroom?
What do you agree with and disagree with in these videos?
Why do you think our culture is so adverse to risk?
How does chapter 7 and 11 relate to this material (no need for a summary here, just specific connections.)


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