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Abstract

Before describing some remarkable learning experiences that stand out from her most recent observations of and conversations with teachers, the author shares three film clips of children which demonstrate some activities that can become an important “habit,” as children engage daily in outdoor activities using simple, open-ended building materials.

Author Biography

Jane Clarke is the director of the Lower School, City and Country School, New York City. Beginning as a classroom teacher in London, Los Angeles, and New York fueled her passion for arts education. Transitioning into an administrative role, she worked as a teacher-director at Little Missionary’s Day Nursery and as the codirector of the early childhood program of Studio in a School. In this role, she worked collaboratively with visual artists, classroom teachers, and school administrators in Head Start day care centers and public school settings. This work continued to ignite her belief in the creative process and its role in deeper learning for children.

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