What a tremendous evening! Victoria Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) hosted an open house for The Images Of Learning Project exhibit this past Wednesday. Seventy people came to enjoy fabulous cheese platters, plates of beautiful desserts (I am hoping they came to see the exhibit and not just to eat!) and to read and reflect on the exhibit.
Two centres came with all of their staff to the open house, and then went for dinner afterwards to reflect together on it. One college instructor brought a group of students, and then they gathered to talk afterwards. People told us they were inspired and provoked. Some people came for a quick look, others lingered for a long time. This is what we hoped for, what we dreamed of, that the exhibit would engage people, get people thinking, discussing, and reflecting.
Many thanks to Belinda Macey and the wonderful women at CCRR for giving us the opportunity to share the exhibit locally. And thanks to all who came. Please keep the dialogue going!
Above my daughter’s bed I have a framed quote that says “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder, than one closed by belief.” I have no idea who said it. It spoke to me and it spoke to what I wanted for my daughter in this world. A life filled with wonder.
We often talk in our ECE circles about allowing that wonder in for the children. We don’t however give ourselves that permission to often. As Educators we insist on having the answers, knowing the theories and looking at things from a lens of being objective.
One of the most freeing things the Investigating Quality Project brought to my practice was the right for me to be subjective. All of a sudden my voice was allowed in my documentation and learning stories. I was allowed to wonder out loud why a child was engaging in play, what theories they may be testing and understandings they were building.
All of a sudden I didn’t need to know all the answers and I gave myself permission to wonder. I found myself observing more and being in awe of children in play. Allowing wonder reconnected me with my field. It brought the passion back.