Meeting with Carla Rinaldi | 3-4 July 2019
Reggio Emilia x Lifelong Labs
Prepared by Mo Kwok
M.Ed Harvard University | J.D. University of Hong Kong (Candidate) | B.A. University of Chicago
EXCHANGE ideas on the Reggio Emilia Approach on Re-imagining Retirement / Lifelong Learning / Adulthood
DEVELOP curricular innovations in childcare training for lifelong learners and or international intergenerational artist residencies
EXPLORE possibilities for collaboration in pilot, research and publishing
NEUROPLASTICITY not too late and not too early to make new neurons and construct new neural pathways
POETIC QUALITY OF LIFE learners deserve stimulating environments and supporting relationships
ONE HUNDRED LANGUAGES embracing process, multiple intelligence and learner diversity
That’s why we curated a creative learning environment where learners are free to conduct their research, express their ideas through projects.
Our mini hydroponic farm project allows young makers to take responsibility and care daily for real goldfishes and Chinese Sacred Lilies.
Lifelong Labs is keen on documenting how young learners engage with the world in order to create relevant and meaningful projects with young learners.
From sewing machines to 3D printers, we give learners the time, space and agency to experiment.
Through local field trips (Instagram Pier in Sai Ying Pun), Lifelong Labs turns our surrounding city into an active and dynamic creative classroom.
We believe in giving children the tools to see the world through different lens so they learn to see from various perspectives.
Lifelong Labs partners with schools such as The Harbour School to give learners unique opportunities to take on ambitious creative projects in real-world settings, like renovating a recreational area in a week.
Learners of all ages use the expertise and array of tools at Lifelong Labs to complete passion projects and creative portfolios.
We believe that meaningful education extends beyond grades and textbooks, that’s why we strive to teach learners relevant real-world skills in and out of the classroom.
We strongly believe education does not end with graduation, it is only the beginning.
We welcome speakers, parents and educators to share their ideas at Lifelong Labs to build a dynamic community of artists and entrepreneurs, makers and innovators.
Questions for Carla Rinaldi
Do you believe that the principles of Reggio Emilia Approach is applicable to all ages?
If so, does documentation apply for adult learning? Which methods would work better for adults in your opinion?
How can we incorporate documentation in the learning process so that the child does not feel surveilled and so that it doesn’t interfere with the teaching?
Where is the line between privacy and documentation when trying to respect the child’s right to privacy but also record and review the child’s learning process?
What do you think is the role of creativity in the Reggio Emilia approach?
What is relational creativity and how is it related to the ways children form explanatory theories? (from Reimagining Childhood)
Do you have any suggestions for adding elements in the home to transform it into “the third teacher”?
How can we use documentation to reinforce memory and learning for children? (from Making Learning Visible)
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
AM CX 0233 Flight from Hong Kong to Milan, arriving at 7:30am
PM Drive from Milan to Reggio Emilia arrive at Hotel Posta
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
AM Visit to International Loris Malaguzzi Center
PM Meeting with Carla Rinaldi [To be confirmed]
Thursday, 4 July 2019
AM [To be confirmed]
PM [To be confirmed]
Friday, 5 July 2019
AM Depart from Reggio Emilia and fly back to Hong Kong 12:55pm
Lack of Childcare Centre in Hong Kong
Training Grandparents or Helpers
Idea: Training grandparents the Reggio Emilia approach in Early Childhood Learning
Complementing Reggio approach child care training with tech training for grandparents
To show grandparents that young children are competent
To give grandchildren the opportunity to be teachers and help grandparents learn tech skills, strengthening the reciprocal knowledge building relationship
To teach grandparents the relevant digital tools for documentation
To foster a culture of research and curiosity for multidisciplinary topics in grandparents through training on internet research, search engines, reliable sources etc.
Creating a “community of practice” among Reggio Grandparents to share ideas, compare notes etc.
Encouraging grandparents to involve the parents or guardians in structuring the documentation process so that it can be understood and used for assessment by them as well
Seeing their grandchildren as competent and strong
Observe how well grandchildren listen in all different ways and pay attention with all their senses in order to learn new information
Notice how grandchildren are always ready to experiment and explore
Understanding the way young children learn
Recognise the importance of helping grandchildren find meaning and coming up with explanatory theories
Find shared meanings with grandchildren and making connections through shared meanings
Becoming a listener of 100 languages
Learn to Observe, Document, and Interpret grandchildren’s learning process
Learn different documentation techniques (photo/video/audio/notes etc.) and how to compile them digitally for easy access, storage, and sharing
Reviewing and assessing documentation over time
Share notes with fellow classmates/ grandparents to exchange ideas in Community of Practice (CoP)
Effective strategies for collaborating and communicating documentation notes to parents
Becoming a renaissance grandparent
Learn to research and explore interdisciplinary topics online