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Beginning a Big Project: Listening
There are a lot of things that influence beginning a new project in a school that doesn't have it's curriculum written out beforehand. I'm thinking now about schools that have an image of children as capable of designing their own learning experiences, that...

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Teacher-research intention
  I've been thinking about the way work with materials can create a context for challenge and rigor within projects. On my best days I can think of provocations that activate this kind of thinking for children. It is one of the hardest things I do. I don't ...

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Umbrella Project 2017
The community at Sabot adopts a big idea every school year. Called the umbrella project, it's part of my job to shepherd it through. Teachers agree to set up encounters with the idea to provoke thinking and discussion. To start with, we spend time thinking ...

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  CeeCee's parents came to school with a question she had been asking at home; Where is the Meadow room? Her (now first grade) brother was in the Meadow room when he was in preschool. But where did it go? CeeCee wanted to know because she is in the Rainbow ...

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Magical Thinking and Alternative Facts
   The 3 and 4 year old children made up a game of 'powers' in which two children stand on a carpet square and then 'psh psh psh' their powers at each other. Other children sit to the side and often draw the action and cheer. After they had been playing thi...

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Thinking About Martin Luther King
Last year about this time, Elaine and Lisa sent some (4/5 year old) children from the Rainbow room to the studio because they wanted to make a birthday song for Martin Luther King. Here is a little bit of their conversation as they made instruments to accom...

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We are pleased to open  registration  for the 2017 Spring Symposium of The Sabot Institute for Teaching and Learning!    WONDER, PLAY, AND INQUIRY: THE RESEARCH OF CHILDREN April 20 - 22, 2017 Keynotes by: Lella Gandini, the U.S. Liaison for the Disseminati...

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Research in childhood
 Research is Sabot school's umbrella project this year.  It's one of the 5 Rs that guides the school. This project will look differently in each group, influenced by the personality and interests of the children and teachers. Some things I am wondering abou...

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The Free Kids Art Studio 2016
Two years ago when the Kindergarten children were writing letters to Mayor Jones, one of their suggestions to him was to make studios around the city of Richmond so that: The next year, in first grade, the children took up the free kid studio idea and worke...

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Small stories of discovery
New ways to paint! Messing about with a stamp and mixing colors. Learning to use the hand drill!      Planning the work before making (a bear)! Messing about with materials. "It's a toothbrush!"
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