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Sliding, Blankets, and taking Pauses Seriously

Nicole Land thinking with Sanja Todorovic and Jajiba Chowdhury

After working to pay attention to how moving happened in communicative ways in the yard, we noticed that there seems to be something important happening with the slide. The playground has two side-by-side slides. We offered the children a provocation where we placed a blanket over one of the slides and we thought with the children about using half the blanket-covered slide. Jajiba and I were talking about the tensions in setting intentions for using the slide – when the children are interested in sliding with the blanket or taking it off of the slide, how do we balance that with sharing with them that our intention is to think together about using half the slide? How do we know when to push what our curiosities by ‘fixing’ the blanket on the slide (like, what happens when we use on side of the slide? Or, one slide is covered in the blanket – how can we use the other slide?) and when to notice how moving with the blanket is also a response to the provocation, also a way of the children engaging with the ‘problem’ we are offering them? I think that this is a question we need to keep negotiating with the children.

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Moving and Care

Nicole Land thinking with Sanja Todorovic and Jajiba Chowdhury

Sanja proposed that we might think of moving as a way of working with an idea together, as we’ve been thinking with moving that happens with the side-by-side slides in the yard. I think this is really interesting and something to think with. Moving as grappling with an idea or concept or tension together; not as medium to resolve that tension or fully understand or learn a concept, but instead paying attention to how our movements become a way of thinking collectively about the complex relations we encounter in everyday moments. Moving as something complicated, not just physical or outcome-oriented. I am thinking, for example, of the ‘ideas’ that were present last week with the slide: care, negotiation, obstacles/interferences, proximity/closeness, energy/wildness, together and common/shared movements, and creating. These are complicated ideas, and often things that developmental theory might tell us are too complex for toddlers to think with, but through moving we do grapple together with these big, complex ideas. I think there are probably multiple other ideas we could pay attention to with the slide too. 

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Moving as (or within) a Collective Activity

Nicole Land thinking with Angela Chow and Angélique Sanders

We began, in one of the preschool classrooms, by wondering how we might move collectively: we want to wonder how moving is a shared practice. There’s something to movement that highlights ideas of mutuality, reciprocity, collaboration, communication, and synergy; no body moves in isolation. How might we pay attention to how movements are contagious (in a good way), productive, and communicative – ways of moving catch on and are exchanged between children and adults and the energy, rhythms, and speed of moving in the classroom space constantly change. Moving then, perhaps, could be something we might think with as a practice or activity or process that is expansive and generative; movement goes beyond any one body or any one child’s experience and takes on different meaning through the cumulative, communicative, communal ways moving happens in a classroom.  

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