Inktober day three

Inktober Day 03 - #edublogsclub mashup

Inktober Day 03 – #edublogsclub mashup

Today’s #edublogsclub prompt is World Teachers’ Day. Typically the first #edublogsclub/brightinktober crossover post is something I’d find difficult to draw. I’ve written about my favourite teacher, Wendy Ashall, before so I decided to talk more about my early years workshop with Octopus Inc. I took the workshop a week after withdrawing from my HOAD degree.

The workshop involved taking part in multisensory activities and I found it fascinating to think about play as a tool for learning. I originally feared working with babies and toddlers, which sounds odd (I know), because I didn’t think I could guide/encourage them without become some type of leader. I prefer learning without a hierarchy. And I didn’t think that could happen without clear communication.

But it turns out that babies are pretty cool anarchists. I enjoyed working with them and let them guide me with their play. I was aware of their personal space and accepted that we communicated differently. Miscommunication is likely to happen – I don’t need to beat myself up about it. I learn. They learn.

In case you’re wondering about the image, it’s a bunny finger puppet from a chest of drawers in a multisensory tent.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Nina,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the workshop. It sounds like it was an interesting experience. Babies can certainly be fascinating!

    Cute picture too.


  2. Hi Nina,
    I love when the little ones (in my school from 3 to 5 years old) just catch me alone in my writing workshop and ask to stay a bit. They put on everything around them a refreshing look that seems to renew what I thought was trivial.
    Thanks for sharing,

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