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This chapter’s contents

Welcome to Chapter Three! This week will be focused on foundations that support the extraordinary potentials of children and adults who are willing and wanting to take the stance that Loris Malaguzzi once described as "professional marveller." What environments, structures and systems support creativity, imagination and the wonder of learning in both children and adults?

Suggested sequence:

Article and Slide Show: Organization as Fundamental

ArticleOrganizing the Opal School Environment

Article: Mission, Values, and Guiding Principles — Organizing for Open Systems

Article: Organizing for Instruction: A Story from Kindergarten

Article: Organizing for Instruction: A Painting Story

Resource: A Framework for Inquiry Project Work

Article: Classroom Schedules (and a note about math)

Article: Organizing for Assessment

Article: Frequently Asked Questions