“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.”
Observing, Listening, and Thinking
Educators who are Reggio-inspired know that their first responsibility is to pay attention. They watch and record the play and learning of the children, their words, their behavior, their interactions and their strategies. They listen to and respond to the children, provide materials, conversations and experiences that scaffold the children’s ideas and encourage them to take new steps in their learning. Reggio-inspired educators collaboratively cultivate the skill of asking provocative, open-ended questions that prompt learners to deepen their thinking. They continuously reflect on the learning process with other educators and with parents to probe more deeply what and how the children are thinking.