Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Learning from Each Other

"It is not only from their individual work with the materials that children learn.  Once children discover something, it is only natural to want to share it.  'Hey!  Look at this!'  If the children have the liberty to move and interact freely within the classroom, they seek out one another; they find the experts, they ask questions, they watch each other, they talk to each other, they interact with each other.  Learning is not an isolated process of absorbing facts; learning is a cultural and social exploration of engaging with a constantly changing environment.  Our classrooms are not 'teaching-based' environments; they are 'learning-based' environments" (Andrews, 2015, p. 55-56).

"they watch each other…"

"they seek out one another; they find experts…"

Andrews, Sarah Werner. (2015).  The social relevance of Montessori in the first plane.  The NAMTA journal, 40(2), 31-61.

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