Workshops at our Materials Center
"ADVANCED Emergent Curriculum & Documentation" with Yeshnaya Dougherty
Unpacking the School Year - Taking a Closer Look at Threads in Action and the Cycle of Inquiry
Session 1: Nov 15th | Session 2: Jan 24th | Session 3: Mar. 7th
Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30PM
This three part series is offered to teachers who are currently following an emergent practice with interest in expanding their process and finding inspiration. We will unpack your practice in finding the image of the child and discuss and share systems to strengthen your approach. This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers who are looking for guided support with likeminded educators.
The first session will focus on the cycle of inquiry taking a close look at strategies and tools for planning and following a co constructed curriculum.
The second session, will look at the role of teacher as researcher and how one uses tools of documentation to establish research questions that lead to curricular threads that speak to the children’s development and interest.
The third session, will focus on how this unfolds and cycles as you approach the end of the school year with attention to reflection for children and families.
"INTRO to Emergent Curriculum & Documentation:
Structures, Strategies and Systems For Your Early Childhood Classroom" with Yeshnaya Dougherty
Session 1: Sept. 27th | Session 2: Oct. 25th | Session 3: Dec. 13th
Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30PM
Emergent curriculum brings together the joys of childhood and learning by fostering the unique passions and interests of a group of children to create a memorable and developmentally appropriate study. Please join Teaching Beyond the Square’s educational coach, Yeshnaya Dougherty, for this special on-going workshop where she will help you develop a structure for your classroom that can empower and inspire you and your students to co-create curriculum that fosters creativity, collaboration and academic learning. The first session will be an introduction to classroom systems that promote reflective and inquiry-based learning throughout the school year. The second and third sessions will focus on how pedagogical practices such as observations of children in open-ended play and documentation of their work and ideas can support emergent curriculum. Participants will be encouraged to share documentation threads and will gain feedback and support from Yeshnaya and members of the group over the course of this series.
$150 fee for this workshop series, minimum 5 full-paying participants to run it.
Coming Later this Year
"Literacy Workshop" with Jen Carvajal
Monday, February 4th 4:00 - 5:30PM
With increasing expectations for young children to gain academic literacy skills at an early age, how can teachers prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten while also honoring their progressive and play-based approaches to teaching? Jennifer Carvajal will share her strategies for infusing traditional academic skills into a Reggio-inspired classroom, sharing real examples from her own classroom and strategies she has developed in her work for Teaching Beyond the Square as a coach and consultant to schools in the NYC metro area. This workshop will include identifying the unexpected ways that children can develop literacy skills and fine-tuning story time and read-aloud methods. Participants will walk away with a "toolbox" of literacy strategies and a plan to incorporate them into their classrooms.
"An Introduction to Working with Materials" with Wendy Gelsanliter
Wednesday, Sept. 26th 4:00 - 5:30PM
The Materials Center began with the belief that children need and deserve opportunities to express their ideas. Objects sourced from the local community are ripe with possibility, compliment children’s innate curiosity and their desire to explore. Join Wendy Gelsanliter, our Material Center's Educator, in this introductory workshop on ways to collect and introduce materials in the classroom. Through hands-on activities and visual examples of how children from city schools use materials, participants will walk away with both a practical know-how in starting materials collections in their own schools, and an understanding of why materials belong in early childhood contexts.