Cultures of ideas

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Reggio Emilia – City of possibility


 Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.

Loris Malaguzzi

Malaguzzi’s quote may well have been the spark for the Erio Tondelli school project ARRAMPICATE, tra il possible e l’impossible (Climbing between possible and impossible). Our friends today Matteo Bini (Atelier) and Moira Nicolosi (Pedagogista) delivered an inspiring presentation on the purpose, background, connections and documentation of children’s learning through many, many languages – but with the focus being on drawing form, movement and relationship of the body movements encountered when climbing. An intriguing example of the importance of recording children’s comments, interpreting their drawings, “relaunching” the project guided by next steps in the learning – documentation which reflected  peer assessment , critique  and constructive feedback.  A focus of their presentation was to emphasise that it is through documentation that we make children’s learning visible.  The mornings discussions, questioning and reflections from Matteo and Moira explicitly reflected Loris Malaguzzis philosophy and vision for education.

Creativity becomes more visible when adults try to be more attentive to the cognitive processes of children than to the results they achieve in various fields of doing and understanding.


The afternoon sessions had participants divide into small groups to ponder the following provocations:

  1. In your everyday work consider the connections, difficulties and perplexities you may encounter between the Reggio theory and practice of designing, observing and documentation.
  2. In your context, what are the most important elements in curriculum for the 0-6 child?

It would be great to hear from you what your reflections would be!

The feedback session from the task was reflective and quite robust! Many questions on the “how” for primary age children.

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