Have you seen the Wonder of Learning Exhibit?
It is currently in Vancouver BC and I was lucky enough to go with a group of educators last week. My first impression was of lightness and space as the high windows filled the room with natural light. Comfortable chairs overlooked a view of tugboats and log booms working the Fraser river, and the mists floating over the mountains. There were beautiful artifacts to handle, low tables to compose the natural branches, stones and seed pods, books to peruse. The environment urged me to slow down, take notice, attend.
The exhibit meandered through the space, inviting me to pick up a thread of a story, follow it, pause, and then begin again. I read about children experimenting with light, measuring how far a beam would reflect, hypothesizing on why the beam faded away as it reached the trees. I watched toddlers explore white paper, rolling it, tossing it, shaping it. I watched children run through an open space, embracing the sounds and the feeling of movement, but attending to one another, observing, connecting.
But there was so much I still need to see. In my two hours I absorbed a small sense of place, more a feeling than anything else. This space, this exhibit requires more from me, requires me to listen, to search for myself, and to lose myself to it. I need to think with it longer, talk about it, argue and challenge and be challenged.
So I will be back. I will return to find out what else it has to say to me, what else it will invite me to rethink, reconsider, recreate.
Thank you Laurie.
The art of research already exists in the hands of children acutely sensitive to the pleasure of surprise. The wonder of learning, of knowing, of understanding is one of the first, fundamental sensations each human being expects from experiences faced alone or with others. ~ Loris Malaguzzi