Workshops

Workshops at our Materials Center

Teaching Beyond the Square is excited to partner with Shelly Gargus and Yeshnaya Dougherty in our Materials Center Workshop series, where we will go in-depth in discussing the role of materials in children’s learning experiences.

 
photo by Kristen Eno
 

The Making Table:
Children Taking Charge Of Their Own Creative Processes

Thursday, April 27th 5:00 – 7:00PM
The Materials Center
197 East Broadway, Studio A

Open-ended experiences offer children opportunities to grow and explore in ways that other activities do not, and they offer rich potential for teachers to identify vibrant potential from which curriculum can grow.

This presentation will share the ups and downs of two preschool teachers as they established a space in their classroom and a system to support it that promotes a specific type of creative experience. They will show how this bustling classroom space, available to the children every day, results in contagious ideas, peer-to-peer learning/teaching and the individual development of artistic style. They will share the secrets of their Making Shelf, stocked with a combination of found and recycled materials, and the tools they provide for combining them. They will also introduce you to their classroom’s Curating Wall, a place to display work where the children are asked to reflect on and edit what goes up based on the classroom’s shared definition of best work.

Shelly and Yeshnaya will share rich documentation of how this process has led to class-wide studies, individual growth in children, and bottomless opportunities for authentic assessment.

Thursday, April 27th 5:00 – 7:00PM
The Materials Center
197 East Broadway, Studio A

Workshop fee, includes a bag of materials to take home:
$35 non-members, $20 members
Number of participants: 20