Look at that community there. We come from all over, some of us have 1 child, 1 of us has 8 children (not all pictured;), and many are somewhere in between. Some of us speak multiple languages, some do not. Some of us are Stay at home parents, and some of us are working parents, some of us are nannies. The point is...we are different from each other but Wonder is what brings us all together.
The teacher's job is one of many but the bulk of it is to form a community of folks that can Learn together with and from each other.
It's what keeps teachers coming back teaching and it's what I think keeps my clients coming back to wonder.
This was a special session (as is every session!!) and I was curious about my client's (both the little ones and the big ones) vision words of Wonder Studio.
You can see our brainstorm in the picture above.
Words like Transcendental, Mystic, Over the top, Figment, Freedom...these words spoke to the mission of Wonder Studio.
Building a community does not happen over night.
Like a garden, community needs cultivating, caretakers, and some messy mud.
My teachers and I brainstormed our thoughts on "What Fuels Us?"
Here were our words:
1. The set up and design of the experiences we offer
2. Validation from parents on the kids progression from Wonder Studio
3. Connecting with kids
4. Kids and Parents/caregivers working together to clean up.
5. Recognizing the processes or moment the kids are in.
6. Watching the kids connect as a group
7. Watching parents/caregivers relax and form connections with others
8. All the 1st times for the kiddos.
9. Parents/caregivers learning something new about their children
10. Kids breaking away from parents/caregivers expectations
11. The Materials (crayon rocks, beeswax crayons, wind tunnel etc...)
12. Changing someone's perspective