Reposted from What Ed Said:
The playground is covered in white and the children are pressed up against the window observing a new phenomenon. It’s hailing. I know this because of a video posted on the regularly updated Facebook page, via which I observe my 16 month old grandson learning.
The next batch of photos show a jug of hail being passed around so that all the children can observe and explore it. Some touch, some taste…each seems absorbed in their own discovery. On other occasions, they post unedited videos or photos of both planned and spontaneous learning experiences, of free play and interactions between the children, who are aged from several months to three years.
The learning is made visible to parents and grandparents via these instant updates. Sometimes they include comments and observations, other times I observe for myself. Either way I find it fascinating! Observing the learning in this context makes me reflect on the typical school system and its limiting structures, designed for another era, within (or despite) which most of our students are expected to learn. It makes me wonder…