The Ohio Exhibit

Where Ideas Learn to Fly

In keeping with the concept of an educational exchange, Ohio teachers interested in sharing the potential of children, families, and teachers have worked to create the Ohio exhibit, Where Ideas Learn to Fly. The exhibit is based on the experiences of Ohio educators who have developed the practice of being reflective and sharing insights through the study group process.We hope to pay tribute to the hard work and passion of children, as well as to teachers and parents everywhere who strive to learn and grow. A companion catalogue is now available. Contact us for further details.

The invitation is to take time in the exhibit together to contemplate what opportunities there are for children, families, and teachers. Through shared inquiry and an on-going dialogue, we are able to see new possibilities.


A Path of Possibility

The exhibit consists of nine places for contemplation that provide contemplative and reflective opportunities on the following topics.

1. Standards

How do we simultaneously follow the interests of children and meet district mandates?

2. Knowledge

What do we know about children, their capabilities and the way they learn?
What actions support children and teachers as researchers?

3. Time

How can we respect the time of children and address the schedule of learning as outlined by a school?
What happens when we do respect children’s rhythms?

4. Complexity

How do we support children in going more deeply into their own interests to provoke deeper thinking?

5. Family

How can we support families in becoming deeply engaged in the life of the school?
How can parents’ hopes and dreams for their children be realized?

6. Literacy

What does literacy look like for young readers and writers?
What is the role of the educator?
What is the role of a learning environment and the use of diverse materials?

7. Structure

What organizational structures are needed to support working in a more collaborative, evolving way with children?
How does structure support flexibility and responsiveness?

8. Expression & Intentionality

Why do children create what they do?
How can we more fully offer them opportunities to express themselves?

9. Community

How do we move from isolation to collaboration in order to create a strong learning community?
What unique aspects of our region do we value and why?