The third teacher

Teacher Tom has been writing about how the preschool he works in is organised. He points out that the structure is central to his experience of teaching.

The Reggio Emilia programs famously refer to the environment as the ‘third teacher’. This really extends beyond the physical space – important as that is – to include the organisational structure.  Nuts and bolts – such as how many hours a day or days a week you operate, how many children attend, how many adults are there, who owns and runs the show – these things all have an impact on the kind of place it is, and the kind of learning that can happen there.

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