This morning we toured a classroom with the children present and at work. It was interesting observing how the teachers interacted with the children. Instead of modeling a task or sharing their knowledge, AKA teaching, the teachers would dialogue with the children and provide materials to further discovery. A group of 4 boys in the 3 year old group were playing with Hot Wheels type cars. The teacher discreetly put some drawing paper and markers out because she knew that one of the boys liked to draw race tracks. Soon all 4 boys were designing race tracks. To pique their interest, the teacher brought out an overhead projector and asked if the boys would like to recreate their designs on sheets of clear plastic. Of course, they immediately took the bait, and began using the plastic sheets. One of the boys focused the lens of the projector on the floor, placed his plastic sheet in the correct spot, and instantly there was a virtual race track! They tried out all four designs and complemented one another as they brainstormed how they would change the race tracks next time. As we were leaving, I saw them siting in chairs using large recycled film reels for steering wheels as they imagined going around treacherous hairpin curves.
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That is so great that you got to see school in session. How many students/teachers were in the class?