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Danette Dickinson, B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed., ARCT, OCT

Danette Dickinson is a classical pianist. She came to love music as a child, through her interest in and study of piano. She studied piano performance and music education at Memorial University and is now a primary and junior music specialist atThe Bishop Strachan School for classroom, choral and instrumental programs. She is also studying toward a Master of Education degree in Language, Culture and Teaching at York University. I was first introduced to Danette's work with pedagogical documentation in a presentation at Charles Sturt University in Burlington. She and her colleague Susan Hislop spoke about an article that they had written, "The Way the Words Go: An Emergent Approach to Music Curriculum" where they told of their collaborative relationship as they studied and responded to the Grade 1 children's translations of musical and mathematical understandings in graphic and other languages over the course of several months. Danette's music background and Susan's mathematics background were highly complimentary in this study. They found the children to be using both music and mathematics to alternatively energize and lead their explorations and understandings. Photo by Danette Dickinson Danette's perspective of the children's transmediations between materials was very interesting. In particular, she shared the […]
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Kerri Embrey, MEd

Kerri Embrey is a writer and avid arts consumer. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria in Visual Art and Writing and she recently graduated from the Faculty of Education at York University where she completed her master’s thesis, When the World is Alive: Aesthetic Experience and Radical Listening, with Carol Anne Wien as her supervisor. Kerri defines radical listening in her thesis as “a metaphor for heightened receptivity to beings, places, and materials.” In her role as a lead teacher of research and inquiry for Junior Kindergarten through Grade 1 at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto Kerri offers a space for collaboration, discussion, and provocation as she works in a way that parallels the work of the pedagogista in the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.  In this role Kerri says that “I have found that my art training has strongly informed my teaching practice in the way I work with materials, my sense of process and in my predilection for direct experience and experimentation.” A valued part of the experience as an educator at the Bishop Strachan School is active participation in professional learning events.  One such opportunity was when […]
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Susan Hislop, MEd, OCT

Susan says, "I am passionate about the beauty and organization of math as it occurs all around us in nature, everyday situations and the mathematics of materials." She also runs marathons, loves gardening and working with young children and clay. Susan is a kindergarten teacher at an independent girls' school in Toronto and has taught previously at schools in Egypt, Cyprus, U.K., and Malaysia. She has visited Reggio Emilia, Italy twice with study groups and attends and participates in presentations with colleagues at conferences and institutes across North America including events at Charles Sturt University in Burlington. I am so happy to have met Susan at York University and value her friendship and laughter and admire her beautiful and sensitive work with young children. Her master's thesis, Enriching Mathematics Expectations in Grade One with Reggio-inspired Emergent Curriculum, demonstrates how she, as a researcher, uses pedagogical documentation to listen and respond to children developing an understanding of mathematics in their lives. The children recorded in the pedagogical documentation of her thesis tell their mathematical theories and ideas and Susan shows how they revise and adapt their understandings within the collective of their classroom. Her pedagogical documentation allows the reader to notice […]
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