Fundamentals of Reggio Emilia: Role of Children and Teachers

By January 17, 2018Parkland Players

This is the third post in a series of posts on the fundamentals of the Reggio Emilia approach to childcare. This series is based on a post of ours from a while back located here where we discussed these fundamentals as outlined by the website aneverydaystory. In this series we have expanded on the original concepts and added our own take to the fundamentals of Reggio Emilia.

Children Are Communicators

They are inquisitive and their mode through which they communicate their curiosities is often play

The Reggio Emilia Approach views the child as not only incredibly capable, but also extremely communicative. This means that children are inquisitive and able to share their interests and understandings of what they are experiencing and learning. The role of the teacher in this regard is to create an environment with a number of opportunities to explore and share their ideas. Educators should also be attentive to what children share when communicating their educational experiences.

The Teacher is a Mentor and Guide

This means that the teacher plays an important role in encouraging children’s natural interests and inclinations

In the Reggio Emilia Approach, the teacher plays the role of facilitator. Educators are meant to provide opportunities for children to explore their interests and abilities. The goal for the teacher is to show children how to direct their own learning. Reggio Emilia advocates for children having an active role in the education process. In this way, Reggio Emilia curriculum is incredibly fluid and requires flexibility and constant collaboration among educators and students.