2014-12-17

A Wish




Carlina Rinaldi talking about being a 'thinker in residence' in Adelaide

'I found really, the reason why I was here... this is a wonderful paradox.. I found what we can develop together. I found a team of people that can continue with me, and after me, to really develop a research (into) quality of school and education (and) how to give every chance to every child...
to search for childhood, to try to understand 'who is the child'..
This country is really full of future.. that has the sense of being part of a community, that really has all the resources for developing not only a better economy,  but also a better way of living together as a community...
but especially you have tried to look for the best way to give every child every chance.
The importance of developing a new image of the child, means to be able to to recognize this key principle: That children is born a citizens. They don't become, but they are an essential part of every community.
...They bring, they borrow these values- the value of courage, value of learning, the value of developing the community that surrounds them. And also beauty, amazement and the joy of life...  
the rights they have to be, and to be respected, that they are not seen as property but as a common good that can be supported, not only by the family, but by the entire community.'

2014-11-09

You big diaper baby boo-boo!: Turning a problem into an opportunity

As there often is, there was a group of children who thought calling people names was SO FUNNY! But the teachers did not think it was so funny, because some people's feelings were getting hurt, and sometimes the children who were being SO FUNNY couldn't STOP being SO FUNNY and it was distracting them from doing anything else!

So, we had a group in the studio to see what we could do about this problem. The children made pictures about all the names they could think of, like diaper and spikey and poop-head and baby. Some people wanted to be in the story, and decorated pictures of themselves with “names”. Then, using the pictures, I started a story about some kids who called people names, and the children told me some things for the story, too.

This is one of the stories:








I really enjoy diving in to a behavior that can be seen as inappropriate or problematic. After we met and told stories a few times, some people got tired of calling names. The teachers could remind the people who still did it that they could save the names for the next name calling group time. Nancy reports that name calling isn't much of a problem any more. It's hard to know if making the name calling into serious business by turning it into a project made it less subversive and fun, or if by illustrating the names and making them into a story the children simply got it out of their system. It doesn't really matter, I guess, since the result is the same. Plus, I had fun!