Teacher as Learner: Lighting the Fires through Professional Development

At Preschool of the Arts, we believe passionately that children are strong and capable, teachers are guides and researchers, and parents are partners in the learning process – all values embodied within the schools of Reggio Emilia, of which we are inspired.

As faculty, how do we engage more fully in order to be truly present in our work with children? One powerful way is to attend to our own learning, to provide spark for creativity and a place for reflection. This Saturday, 25 of our PSA faculty attended University Lake School’s annual Reggio-Inspired conference, entitled, “Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins”. Not only were we engrossed in inspiring and meaningful learning opportunities, a group of seven faculty members from PSA presented on our work regarding loose parts and natural materials which are the unconventional toys children are surrounded with in our school. When we as educators step into the teaching role for adult learners, we learn about ourselves and can fully appreciate the quality of the experiences we provide for children every day. Our session was overflowing with educators who were eager to learn about what makes Preschool of the Arts a leader in our work with children.

Preschool of the Arts is filled with examples of our powerful work with children – but what makes us truly unique is the extraordinary strength of our educators. They approach their work with children and families with abundant joy, intentionality, and deep reflection. When a school achieves excellence–teachers are the driving force. That is our reality here at Preschool of the Arts.

loose parts