Role of the Adult
As we continue to introduce and expect children to revel in the creative possibilities of open-ended materials it has been a daily reminder - that children need support in imagining the possibilities for such materials.
What I found this week in offering a myriad of colorful glass beads and rocks is that my expectation for children to create representations and stories with the material was met with the reality of their frustration and boredom with the material. I found children 'done' after 10 minutes at the light table, showing me a table covered in a sea of beads . A huge 'oh no' and 'ah ha' moment for me. It could only be through my support (not merely) an introduction of the material that they would be able to maximize its potential. This led to a week of scaffolding, sometimes side by side and other times, a more silent scaffold.
|Before this photo was taken (and before I intervened), the light table was a sea of glass beads.|
|I used paper as a tool to help children organize and design within a space.|
|Within the spaces, children were able to create representations and give them meaning.|
What is your view on the subject? How do you support children in using materials or in acquiring skills with a new medium?