Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#CTInquiry visits Moraine Hills P.S. and Summer Info.



My apologies for taking a short break from blogging...  Literally right after I submitted my final assignments and prepared for the blog bonanza giveaway I became completely absorbed in planning my son's baptism.

Last month we visited Trista Dutt and Rose Marcelli's classroom at Moraine Hills P.S. (YRDSB).  Our #CTInquiry network was still buzzing with new ideas, even during the very busy end of school year time.  To be quite honest, I was taken by the commitment to learning, especially in the heat!

I have visited this space several times, and each occasion brings forth new ways for thinking about classroom design, materials, projects, and planning.







Here is the snapchat story that I created that night in the moment:




I almost didn't make our discussion, as my summer course had been earlier that afternoon at York University!  Needless to say, the timing worked out and we had a lovely discussion using the article Reggio Emilia As Cultural Activity Theory in Practice by Rebecca S. New.


Here is a peek into the Kindie Korner:


























































Next week (Wednesday, July 27th, 2016) we will be having our Summer Social at the North Thornhill Community Centre - 300 Pleasant Ridge Avenue.  Our meeting will be held during the same time, as our other sessions (6:00-8:00 p.m.).

If you are interested in attending this session, there are only spaces available for 30 participants.  We will be co-constructing our creative learning environment for some adult colouring and will also enjoy a potluck dinner.

For this reason you will be asked to follow these steps:

1) Email joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.
2) Indicate whether you have attended any CTInquiry sessions this year.  I will cross reference my attendance list and give you priority.

If you are unable to attend this session, we will have another one in August with a slightly different format.  You can also follow along and colour in your own home while tagging photos to #CTInquiry hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  Of course I will be using Snapchat live for those who are using this social media platform.




If you are attending future events and would like to help with any of the following:

  • hosting a future session
  • providing snacks
  • arriving earlier to guide participants to our meeting room
  • donating a book or gift for the classroom we visit
  • co-facilitating the discussion in person or during our Twitterchats
  • setting up a provocation using something you tried in your own context (optional: with documentation)
  • presenting a project or strategy that you are proud of or that you feel the group would benefit from
  • sharing a new professional resource
  • recommending articles that are available online for us to read at future meetings
  • offering other ideas, events, locations, etc. for #CTInquiry 


This is our network, so please consider getting involved! You may let me know via email (joannemariebabalis@gmail.com) and we can make arrangements! 


A huge thank you is extended to our inspiring hosts, Trista and Rose.  I hope to return in the Fall with the Kindergarten AQ course!





For information regarding future #CTInquiry meetings, online chats, or to download all the readings ahead of time, please click here.

Again a reminder that our July 27th date is a special Summer social. I have rented a space within an art room of a community centre for a creative adult colouring experience.  The spaces will be limited to 30 participants, and a RSVP will be required.  See above for the complete instructions!


Reggio Emilia is a living and breathing example 

of the Italian tradition of experimentation and 
innovation, 

and the benefits of hard work, courage, and collaborative inquiry 

in constructing meaningful interpretations of a quality education.

                                                                                              -Rebecca S. New