Careful listening is often the genesis of project work. Long and short-term projects are ways of supporting the natural inquiry process of children and building on their interests. Such investigations are co-constructed by adults and children who collaborate to explore a particular topic in some depth. They may involve a large group, a small group or individuals and may last a day, a week, a month or much longer. Opportunities are given for children to revisit their work and to reflect on their learning before, during and after a project. Displays and records of their experiences demonstrate the process of learning and show its value to teachers, parents and the community.
“Listening is not easy. It requires a deep awareness and at the same time, a suspension of our judgments and above all our prejudices; it requires openness to change. It demands that we have clearly in mind the value of the unknown and that we are able to overcome the sense of emptiness and precariousness that we experience whenever our certainties are questioned.”