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© 2009 Marla McLean

Nothing without joy!

Nothing without joy! Niente Senza Gioia!

Nothing without joy! Niente Senza Gioia!

Loris Malaguzzi, one of the founders of the pre-primary schools of Reggio Emilia exclaimed this simple yet powerful statement. This photo was taken on the last day of school at SWS and the first day of summer. This is what summer feels like and this is what joy looks like. How can we as teachers value joy in our school? How can we, as teachers provoke and create an environment where we can say, daily, “This is what leaning, teaching, creating, and discovery feels like and this is what joy looks like!”
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13 Comments

  1. Posted August 4, 2009 at 10:10 am | #

    Beautiful! I look forward to reading more posts from you about teaching and bringing joy to children through education.

  2. Posted October 14, 2009 at 10:28 am | #

    Hell yes! What a well-captured image. This picture tells a lot about you and your beliefs about childhood, and is perfectly outlined with Malaguzzi’s quote. I am going to Reggio this weekend for a study week on documentation. I can only hope that one day my pictures and documentation will provoke as much thinking and emotion as yours. Thanks for sharing!

    -Lauren
    http://bigvoices.wordpress.com/

  3. Posted October 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm | #

    I am in Reggio right now, on the collaboration of the pedagogista, atelierista and teacher study group. Small world. Look for 2 of the teachers from my school, Sarah Burke and Alysia Scofield. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. You will be flooded with possibilities after the session. Can’t wait to hear.

  4. Posted October 14, 2009 at 11:56 pm | #

    Thanks for the note on my blog! I hope you’re enjoying your time there, and finding time to process the experience. I hope to meet your collegues next week!

  5. Posted October 19, 2009 at 4:24 am | #

    I’m happy to have found your blog – what a wonderful quote. I head to Reggio on Friday for the first time and I’m really looking forward to the inspiration.

  6. Anna
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 5:09 pm | #

    Hi Marla!
    I am a masters student and I am planning my thesis on the Reggio Emilia Approach and how one can adapt it or be inspired by it in other countries inspite of cultural differences. I love the words of Loris Malaguzzi “niete senza gioia”. would you happen to know the reference for those words? I have come across them in several articles but there was never a direct reference to the quote. Good luck with all the work you are doing. I will be visiting Reggio Emilia for a study tour this April. I am so looking forward to it.

  7. Posted January 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm | #

    The words hang over The Diana School in Reggio. The words are part of Loris Malaguzzi’s legacy, one of the many phrases he left that represent possibilities for learning, growing and building creative and caring communities beginning with our youngest citizens. Good luck on your Masters. If you are in the DC area, please drop by.

  8. Anna
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 5:44 pm | #

    Hi Marla,
    Thank you SO much for your speedy reply. I will definitely look for the banner when I visit the Diana School in April. I am an early childhood educator and so I can understand you fully when you speak about building creative and caring communities beginning with our youngest cisitizens. Thanks for invitation to visit. I live on Prince Edward Island in Canada, but if I happen to be in DC I will let you know beforehand through this blog. Thanks again.

  9. Posted June 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm | #

    Hi Marla!I am a masters student and I am planning my thesis on the Reggio Emilia Approach and how one can adapt it or be inspired by it in other countries inspite of cultural differences. I love the words of Loris Malaguzzi “niete senza gioia”. would you happen to know the reference for those words? I have come across them in several articles but there was never a direct reference to the quote. Good luck with all the work you are doing. I will be visiting Reggio Emilia for a study tour this April. I am so looking forward to it.
    +1

  10. Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm | #

    Awesome share! Thank you very much

  11. Posted October 10, 2010 at 7:00 am | #

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.

  12. Veronica Chicurel
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 9:29 am | #

    Hello Marla,
    We attended a Red Solare conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, where we had the opportunity to see your presentation. My co-teachers and I were very impressed and inspired by your work. We are interested in visiting your school and would love to learn more from your experience.
    We are three teachers from Mexico City (ETON school) who have been working for more than ten years with the Project Approach, under the guidance of Dr. Sylvia Chard, and we have begun to incorporate the Reggio philosophy in our school. We are convinced that your feedback would be invaluable to continue growing.
    Sincerely,
    Veronica Chicurel, Andrea Vuilliomenet, Mory Domenech

  13. Posted August 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm | #

    I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thanks , I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your website?

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