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I am so sorry I won't be able to make it. It is a bad date since I need to teach on Thursday and Rosh Hashanah starts that Friday evening__ I have 20 people over for dinner after services ;-).

I am very much looking forward to be part of the discussion on-line…and I am honored that someone posted my book. You can get it through Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Blocks-Robots-Technology-Childhood-Classroom/dp/0807748471 (It is in stock).

Also, on my website I have several links to papers I wrote that my be relevant to the discussion
http://www.tufts.edu/~mbers01/

Have fun!

Marina

Re: Mary says... by Marina BersMarina Bers, 15 Sep 2009 02:40

I think we can do it. We're finishing up the program and it looks like it should fit in; the main thing is to find a time when we'll need a break, but when the kids aren't eating or napping. The Lab School is just across the street from Burton Morgan, where we're meeting, so it isn't a major trek.

Re: A Tour by TomarelliTomarelli, 15 Sep 2009 02:29

Let's see if we can squish the program a little and fit you in. Would you mind if I add the articles to the Suggested Readings?

Re: We have a volunteer! by TomarelliTomarelli, 15 Sep 2009 02:26

I don't think so. We were hoping to have Marina herself, but she's unable to come this time. None of the readings are required. People have been proposing articles and books they think could be useful.

Oh, and Marina didn't propose her own book. ;-)

Re: Mary says... by TomarelliTomarelli, 15 Sep 2009 02:24

We have not been able to get a copy yet of Marina Bers' book, though we were able to download a single chapter. Will there be copies available at the workshop?

locating a book by Jean MendozaJean Mendoza, 14 Sep 2009 17:00

Here are the urls to 2 of the Project Approach reports mentioned above. Note that in the Katrina project, preschool age children whose lives were directly affected by the hurricane worked on such problems as how to construct a levee with accessible materials, and how to make structures that could not be blown down in a strong wind.

The Combine Project
http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v3n1/wilson.html

Project Katrina
http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v7n2/aghayan.html

Re: We have a volunteer! by Jean MendozaJean Mendoza, 14 Sep 2009 15:35
Re: A Tour by Nancy BarbourNancy Barbour, 14 Sep 2009 15:18

If there is time and if it fits into the schedule, Lilian and I would be glad to talk about what we have seen in early childhood classrooms that use the Project Approach, as the children planned, designed, and constructed models of such things as a car and a combine. Children's use of observational sketches of such "objects" as locomotives might be of interest, too… But primarily, we think we have much to learn from what Purdue colleagues have been doing.

Re: We have a volunteer! by Jean MendozaJean Mendoza, 14 Sep 2009 14:42

Jean M. and Lilian want to see the lab School! Then so we shall. Anybody else want to go?

A Tour by TomarelliTomarelli, 14 Sep 2009 01:16

Bill Graziano says we need pictures of cute kids playing with blocks.

Ideas? by TomarelliTomarelli, 20 Aug 2009 01:57

Molly Bolger is going to talk about her and Rich Lehrer's research. Brava, Molly!

We have a volunteer! by TomarelliTomarelli, 19 Aug 2009 02:41
Mary McMullin says... by TomarelliTomarelli, 18 Aug 2009 15:33

Alas, it must be computer engineering students, as this turns out to be a clever bit of film editing. Fun to watch, though.

This field may be too new to have its own jokes. ;-)

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