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Investigating in the Community
March 29, 2019
If we are to reach real peace in this world... we shall have to begin with children.
-Mahatma Gandhi

In their beautiful and provocative book, Cup, Bridgette Towle and Angela Heape describe the many ways a long-term investigation of simple plastic cups grew into remarkable discoveries. Here is one of them:

“The children’s interests when they built with the cups still primarily involved buildings from their own experience, mixed with elements from their imaginations.

We wondered what would happen if we went out into our immediate community and investigated the buildings there. Would this inform and influence what they knew about buildings? What new potential connections and possibilities might this open up in their experimentations and thinking?”

The authors go on to describe how investigations in the community sparked amazing work – from drawing elaborate pictures of buildings they had observed, to using cups and other objects to recreate their observations. “Drawings and images made visible the multiplicity of children’s different ideas...documentation became active and alive; alive with a movement and force in itself to affect new potentialities and possibilities.”

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"The story of the children, the educators, the families, and the cups embodies the conviction that education both requires and nurtures imagination, determination, vision, humility, experimentation, relationship, and listening. Bridgette, Angela, the children, and their families demonstrate the generosity, playfulness, and intellectual vitality of a community anchored by these qualities—a community alive with small acts of magic." – Ann Pelo and Margie Carter

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