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November 17, 2009

“The fundamental goal for teachers’ professional development is teachers growing into a new relationship with children based on listening, observing, valuing and responding to children’s expression of interest, feelings, and ideas.  This relationship is informed by an image of the child as competent, keenly interested in the world, rich in ideas, able to think and make connections, wanting to grow and wanting to communicate with peers and adults.  Teachers and children are partners in dialogue.  Through that dialogue, they co-construct understandings about the world and their relationships with it.  Growing into this relationship with children involves deep levels of learning by the teacher.  It involves experiencing and valuing children as a separate source of consciousness with their own motives, ideas and perspectives.” 

 [Scheinfeld, We Are All Explorer’s:Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in Urban Settings]

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