I worked for seven months in a kindergarten in Beijing.The school was inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education which uses a curriculum that is developed by the children’s interests. Children engage in group projects, which involve hands-on investigation,visiting sites and visually representing their learning through a variety of media. As a teacher,my role was to encourage children learning through storytelling, music,art, movement,dramatic play,cooking activities and science projects. Children were provided with a variety of interesting experiences and materials, including natural and recycled objects. When children represent their ideas with a variety of different media, they reinforce their knowledge about the world, learn to elaborate their ideas, and strengthen their ability to communicate with others.
My experience was very inspiring. I was a co-learner with the children and not just a teacher. I was encouraged to facilitate the children's learning by planning activities based on their interests, asking questions to further understanding, and engaging in the activities alongside the children, instead of passively observing the children learning.