Of the four models discussed in class, what fits you best and why? Share any experiences teaching or observing in any classrooms with these models.
I think that I would love to teach in a classroom that was taught by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. I have not taught or observed in any of the four models discussed, so I have no prior experience to help reflect on my choice. From what we learned in class, I think that I would thrive as a teacher in a classroom run by the Reggio Emilia approach. I love the fact that the curriculum is formed around projects that the children come up with their own. Projects can last up to a few months if it is something that continues to hold the children’s interest. I think students learn so much more when they are genuinely dedicated and interested in what they are learning about, and this is definitely shown through Reggio Emilia’s curriculum projects. The students get to choose what they learn, and their level of interest decides how long the project lasts. I feel that I get very into projects and love working on one thing/project for a long time, so my personality is very ideal for using the Reggio Emilia approach. I consider myself a pretty creative person, so I think I would really enjoy the influence that art plays in the classroom. I think it is awesome that there is an art studio and an atelierista at each school. I feel that creativity and art do not play enough of a role in the primary grades, and that the Reggio Emilia model incorporates a lot of art and visual art. I think I would really enjoy working in a classroom run by the Reggio Emilia approach, and that my artistic ability and dedication to individual projects would help me be successful in this environment.