Every Saturday I race to flip through the sections of the previous Sunday’s New York Times I didn’t get through before the next edition hits our doorsteps. This week, in an article from September 4th on (de Blasio’s) new public pre-K programs in NYC, I found one of the single best sentences I’ve ever read about education. It seems the new program is supporting professional development for early childhood educators to familiarize them with play-based approaches to learning. It all sounds “very Reggio” as we often say, shorthand for education inspired by the Italian Reggio Emilia model. At this point the training has been rather minimal – just three days – and in the end the author argues the teachers need more than a love of children and certifications.
They need worldliness and quick intellectual reflexes.
And with that, she had me. The most perfect, pithy description I have ever come across for what it takes to be an effective and engaging educator.