Learning Through Each Other: exploring cross grade learning dynamics using a Reggio approach by Lyndsay Kirkham-Healey and Chelsea Miolee

Using our successful cross grade project, we will share with other educators some of the experiences, tools and thinkings that have promoted some exceptional understandings in the learning of Fourth Grade and Kindergarten students.

Over the last ten weeks, we have been providing Reggio-inspired provocations to spur and develop the shared (and differentiated) understanding of two very different age groups - to a remarkable result.

This would be a co-taught workshop.

Lyndsay Kirkham-Healey and Chelsea Miolee

Lyndsay Kirkham-Healey and Chelsea Miolee - The American International School of Vienna

Lyndsay Kirkham-Healey hails from Toronto, Canada and currently lives in Vienna, Austria where she is a fourth grade teacher at The American International School of Vienna. From her unexpected year teaching PreKindergarten to her years as a college professor, Lyndsay has taught a diverse array of students. With personal passions for literature and Reggio education to her adoration for technology and her deep commitment to infusing education with social justice, it’s understandable that she’s been described as “a whirling alchemist”.

She’s spoken on panels with themes ranging from “sexism in technology” and “how to use blogs to enhance your EAL programming” to “Shakespeare’s hidden Feminist agenda”. She is the co-founder of Toronto’s Literary Ladies’ Salon and the co-editor of Gender Focus. Lyndsay is a published author with work appearing in both print and digital publications including Ms. Magazine, The Establishment, The Daily Beast and The Frisky. She’s a spitfire with too many tattoos and she’s pretty feisty.

Chelsea Miolee is passionate about play, early childhood literacy, and nurturing a mindset of growth in her students. Since graduating from Columbia University's Teachers College, where she studied Early Childhood Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Chelsea has worked with a wide range of students. An American in Austria, Chelsea has lived in Vienna for the past seven years all the while teaching at the American International School Vienna. She has taught first grade, third grade, and is now home in the magical world of Kindergarten.

Chelsea is equally concerned with growing hearts as she is about growing minds. Surrounded by the big imaginations of five and six-year-olds, she strives to infuse her classroom with wonder and celebrate the diversity of thought and perspective that each student voice represents. Chelsea is guided by a determination to make thinking and learning visible to students and teachers. She continues to weave the principles of the Reggio approach into classroom life.

Whether she is digging for crabs at low tide in Cape Cod, camping in lightning storms in the Dolomites, or dreaming of living on a sailboat, Chelsea has her family by her side. In her spare time, she enjoys honing her rock climbing technique with her partner, Eric, figuring out how to use her sewing machine, and co-constructing intricate train track configurations with her toddler, Henry.

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  • Timetable: Saturday, 09:00-10:00 Petr