Creating Possible Worlds The Teacher's Role in Nurturing a Community Where Imagination Thrives
Opal School Summer Symposium Series 2013
by Portland Children's Museum Center for Learning
This book documents a project that was facilitated by teachers Lauren Adams and Caroline Wolfe in the Opal Beginning School preschool classroom with children ages 3 - 5 years during the 2012 - 13 school year. The story that you'll find contained in these pages was written and presented by Lauren and Caroline for the Opal School Summer Symposium in June, 2013. They inspire us to wonder together: How does the world of imagination and storytelling support the world of science and reason? How might the languages of the arts support children to make sense of their relationship with one another and together negotiate meaning of the world around them? What if adults worked with children to bring their ideas to life? What might be possible for us all? Includes questions for reflection to support teacher practice and discussion.
The Museum Center for Learning is about research—the art of paying attention, capturing what we notice, and interpreting children’s learning approaches for everyone who has an investment in schooling our young. The Center strengthens and expands the work of the Museum’s Opal School, preschool through grade five. We’re paying attention to the natural learning strategies of children in order to support and strengthen them in both school and museum settings. The mission of the Center is to make visible the ways children think, imagine, design, invent, and create when given intelligent materials including the tools of the arts and sciences. We’re sharing what we learn with educators—locally, regionally and nationally.