Back to School Workshop

Saturday, August 4, 2018






Hello lovely educators!

I hope that you have been enjoying your summer vacation.

Just wanted to give you all a little update about some back to school opportunities in the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre.



- Workshop -


Beginning the school year in a Reggio Emilia inspired way: How to design your space for inquiry learning (2 hours)












For the educators who heard about my upcoming August 10th workshop on Instagram and have already contacted me - thank you so kindly for your patience... I truly had an overwhelming response!!!

Please note that Friday, August 10th is now fully booked, however, I do have some other possible dates available:


Thursday, August 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Once the August 9th is filled up - Wednesday, September 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Once September 30th fills up - Sunday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 


In addition to the above studio workshops, my course "Environments that Support Learning Interactions" at the Bishop Strachan School with the Ontario Reggio Association has also reached capacity... You may still wish to contact me for information about the Fall Kindergarten AQ course at York University.  I am planning to begin in late September...






Here is some more information...


Workshop Topic: 

Beginning the school year in a Reggio Emilia inspired way: How to design your space for inquiry learning (2 hours)


Format:
  • mixed lecture, hands-on, and studio tour 
  • all power point slides and resources will be provided digitally through google docs 


This session will include:

• Insights from my Reggio Emilia research on the environment as third educator with examples in my new studio location of how it can support inquiry learning

• Inspiration from my most recent visit to Reggio Emilia, Italy (March 2018) on the topic of planning for emergent curriculum with the support of pedagogical documentation

• Hands-on creative provocations

• A tour of my new studio space and the opportunity to view samples of my current documentation/portfolios

• Window into my 0-8 year old learning programs with children and families



Location: TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre - Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie)




Investment for your learning: $120/ per educator plus HST = $135.60

You can email transfer the amount to joannemariebabalis@gmail.com or pay with a credit card using paypal. An invoice will be issued for your records, and detailed email will be sent a few days prior to our workshop with driving directions and any other pertinent information.

In order to keep the numbers small, please email me to ensure there is space on your preferred date prior to making payment.







What sets the TransformEd educator sessions apart?



• smaller numbers and attention

• all interested in early childhood education are welcome

• stimulating and high quality materials to explore in hands-on and creative ways

• thoughtfully designed open-ended learning environment

• Reggio Emilia inspired approach that follows the child's lead (emergent curriculum)

• inquiry (children's questions/curiosity) and the process of learning are celebrated rather than a product

• social experience that builds lasting relationships and a chance to network

• patient and caring educator/PhD student with over twelve years of teaching experience and over five years of presentations to support any of your wonderings




If the sessions reach capacity, your name will be added to a waiting list in order to schedule another date.




Please let me know if you have any other questions! You can email me at joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.




Thank you again for your interest!!! And I look forward to meeting some of you soon!!! :)





Designing a school is a complex task,

like designing a city.

A school is a place of life...

Designing spaces of life presupposes shared choices 
that value both the relations between people living in them 
and conditions for possible experiences to be constructed over time...

The architectures of experience No. 1 children, spaces, relations
Scuola dell'Infanzia Comunale e Primaria Statale
presso il Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi
Reggio Emilia, Italy (2016)



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