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Snippet of Ep. 19: Early Education - The Reggio Emilia Approach

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Real Talk With Ru
Duration: 11:12
Listen to a snippet from Real Talk with Ru, with Cassaundra Dunbridge, advocate for the Emilia Reggio approach to education, using students' curiosity for experiential investigation.
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Education as we know it asks us to shape our profoundly subjective experience of childhood to the context surrounding us, but how do we encourage innovation, creativity, or originality, if kids aren't taught to see life through their own lens, but an external, given, one? On top of this, how do we inspire a passion for self-education? How does the student come to love learning? The Emilia Reggio approach centers these questions within their pedagogy of student-driven scientific inquiry and investigation. In this type of classroom, every social and experiential communication is regarded as an experiment, one which the teacher doesn't construct, but facilitates the operation of, while the student develops the ability to recognize resources for learning, and solve problems through a self-guided process.
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uh, it's called. I guess one of the things is a big passion of mine. Is the Reggio Emilia approach? Uh, I should say the Reggio Emilia inspired approach, because the Reggio Emilia approach only happens in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on us poor Americans. While we just were very inspired by it, and therefore we take what we can from what they dio and how they empower Children to be valued for their voice and learning. We take a lot of their tools and apply them into American early school and academics and kind of Bridget marry it together. So we keep what is comfortable in America, but just put on it put in like you said, that social intelligence factor honoring the cognitive development of Children and giving them a voice for their own learning instead of dictating what they have to learn. Because knowledge is something that's an exploration. It's ongoing, right? And when you're too, then you've had, you know, less than 1000 days in life. Everything is new and exciting. And for me, I've seen the clouds for how many days in my life that I don't notice the beautiful shades that Zohar recognizes. She sees us with fresh eyes and everything is it's a It's interesting. It's a discovery. It's new, it's inviting. There's different degrees of what she sees and you know, a. So I always say it's limitless. And wouldn't you love toe? Have everything in your life where you can explore and learn to be limitless? It's the beauty of being young, so don't squash it. Don't squash it. Don't squash it here. Here it's It's really easy, and you bring up a good point. It's very easy thio to have your own fears when you stop them from falling or trying this or color in the lines. Or, you know, like let's thistles the way you're supposed to mix the batter. Who says it's supposed thio? And one of the things is so important with childhood is if we're telling them how they're supposed to do everything well, who's going to invent who is going to create who is going to solve world hunger? Who is going thio fix climate change? Who? I mean we as adults, we have the context to have to be able to have that idea of yes or no, and, uh, but when you're young your experience based, everything's emotionally based and everything's interest. So ah, lot of the times, as I will say, will sit on their hands and see where it goes. If I go where I'd in. When somebody is having an argument and they stop it, who is learning? You know I would. Conflict resolution. How important is that in childhood and adult? On a lot of us, even as adults still suffer from conflict resolution? We don't know how to engage in that. But what happens if you think about these 23 and four year olds? Andi. They have a solid grounding on the skill set they're able to negotiate. They're able to accommodate what happens if we give that them those tools. Now the world is limitless for them because now, if we give him a strong foundation off social skill sets and conflict resolution, self regulation, delayed gratification, we've just given them tools to take on the world. And it's it's theirs for the taking on when they're cognitively ready to hit the ground running and academics well, it just gave them a foundation that's going to bring them confidence in learning and hopefully eliminate that anxiety that goes with the stress of homework on the need to get this right and perfect. We have all this time to be perfect, so let's not be perfect. Let's let's have accidents. Let's get messy. Let's let's do the work of exploration without having to do it the right way the first time if we can eliminate that need to be perfect. While we just opened up a whole doorway to, you know, science science. It was founded on hypotheses and trial and error. And Albert Einstein didn't do it the right way the first time. So So what got you in into, actually? Because you have the nursing background, you have some different backgrounds. So tell us a little bit about your journey. Uh, well, I have a very, uh, different type of background. I mean, I think we all do, right? That's how that's how we become the individuals we are. And, uh, I'm a California native, and, uh, okay. No, no. Did school like everyone else and thought e like animals. So I went into veterinary technology on board. I was afraid of blood, but I handled animals to spine. And then I decided one day Well, let's see, e I wonder if I could work with people. So I went and took a class and e m t a fire station in the Mission district in San Francisco. Good stuff. Right? Uh, and I found out I was actually really good at. It was like Okay, cool. And one of the one of the teachers in the e m t one, it was like, Well, you know, if you ever thought of being a nurse like No, but I'd love to be a fire medic s o a time loved getting into things and really jumping in and getting doing hands on work. And I mean, fireman is there so brave on they What they dio is just not something everyone can dio. And when you get to work with them on, learned from their vast knowledge, well, you have nothing but respect. And when it be great to be part of that, well, it wasn't going to be part of that. It didn't happen on Then I went and I did exactly that. I went in and decided Well, what do I need to dio to be in our ensure? I'll give it a try. Let's see if I can handle needles and blood. Uh, and it was at the time when Silicon Valley was crashing, so everybody was like, Well, now we can't make money and computers. I guess we'll make money is nurse. So I got I started the educational process in the pre RECs and everything right before that happened. Uh, and I I jumped right in like, Ideo and decided Thio do this all. Let's give it a try. Let's see if it's worth it. I really enjoy the sciences. I got lucky in the fact that the first time I applied, I got in on guy. Yeah, so it was No, it was ah, lot of hard work. But, you know, everything that comes from hard work, right? Yeah. I mean, I think you just told me last week that you did a course in, like, 13 hours, 72 hours, two hours? Yes, I did special ed law and learning for inclusive and exceptional learners in 72 hours. It was a three month class, but they offered an accelerated one. So why not? I kind of do that. I love immersion, So yeah, When in a nursing did that for a while after, uh, after nursing school, my husband got into a master's program at Harvard. Uh, so we went out there, and then I had my first son on. Then we both ended up getting a job in California again after he was done with his Harvard degree. Um, they worked as a school nurse in a boarding school in California. Okay, on that was pretty exciting. Working with high schoolers, um, and then my husband. Wow. I'm really giving you the life story s Oh, sorry. It'll keep going forever. It won't stop eso, then we'll fast track. Yeah. Teaching. Yes. So how did I fall into teaching? Yeah, because we'll go on forever. So, uh, I actually fell into teaching and doing nursing was wonderful. And I always loved the medicine part. But it's the psychological stuff that I really gravitate towards. I enjoy development and how people learn so in court, including myself. So I fell into it. I subbed, And as I was subbing in an early school in Ohio, uh, the director notice that he said I was really good at you have a gift for twos and threes like Okay, uh, did you have a gift? Let me give when your kids were e Think I lost more hair e actually home schooled eso I mean, I wanted to be home with my babies, so it really kind of weird. I sent one to preschool, and it wasn't the best experience, So I'm sure that helped me figure out what kind of teacher I wanted to be. Uh and so I was with my my boys all the time, but I also worked a was home with them during the day. And then I worked third shift so that I could be home with um and, uh, yeah, so too, is I think that's why I empathize so much with all of you because I've been there, too. It's so challenging, but it's rewarding. So the hot school that I worked at it embraced the Reggio approach. Uh, and then that was my first kind of view of it. And it was child lead emergent curriculum, supporting Children through their learning journey. Uh, and I really loved it because I like going with what kids want to do instead of doing what adults think kids to dio and from there I was. Yeah, that's where the hook happened and went to school. And now I'm back in school again. Uh, because I want to be able Thio always have the long term vision of where Children can go. Understand the development of every year. Um, be able to I mean, when you start this young, it's really wonderful to get a vision of where they're going so that you can give them the tools to get there in the most optimistic way possible. So there it is. In a nutshell, man, it could go on forever, so
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