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CLRI: Dr Gary Stager's Day at College
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On Friday 16 March, we welcomed international expert on constructivist and constructionist learning, Dr Gary Stager to the College. In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge Institute in the US and the co-author of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.

Gary spoke to a breakfast audience of more than 100 teachers and parents about the connection between the Maker Movement and Reggio Emilia. He spoke with passion and authority on how the Reggio Emilia approach to education includes profound, subtle and complex lessons from intensely learner-centred classrooms and how it is applicable to all ages and all educational settings. 

Throughout the day, he consulted and collaborated with some of our teaching staff, had our Year 3 students using computers to program virtual turtles, and engaged our Year 5 students in a design and engineering challenge which involved creating an invention to help the sick Easter Bunny deliver Easter eggs. Cardboard construction, students exploring e-textiles by making interactive clothes and jewellery with electronics, and the programming and building of robots created a palpable and contagious energy of learning and excitement.

Dr Gary Stager was visiting as part of our Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation speaker series. For information about future events, please visit the CLRI website

Adrian Camm
Director of Teaching and Learning

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