The year after that experience, I became the Head of School at Children's Garden Montessori School, and began to read about the Reggio Emilia approach. I admit to great confusion and puzzlement about some of the things I read and saw, and I believe the Italian educators in Reggio Emilia would smile at that. Confusion, after all, is an important step in learning. For me, writing is one of the most helpful of Malaguzzi's "one hundred languages", so I not only read, but ended up writing as well.
Two years ago I wrote a Master's thesis entitled Montessori and Reggio: Exploring Possibilities. Partnering with Angelina as a co-teacher in Zach's Place is a way for me to explore possibilities. It will be, I know, a way for me to add other languages to my ways of understanding and exploring.