Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Each day each child would think of a word he wanted to know. I wrote it on an index card. These self-chosen words accumulated and were kept in his specially decorated shoebox. The next day, before giving him a new word, I would ask for the "old" words . If a word was not remembered I would put it aside and eventually toss it in the trash because it had failed as a "one-look" word, and could not have been of much importance to the child. While I was giving words to each child, the others were sharing their words with partners, or printing their words on the chalkboard. Still others were putting their words on a magnetic board or on a felt board with felt letters. All of the children were busy sharing and learning each others words!
Monday, October 18, 2010
SO here are my "Thoughts on Toilet Paper" concerning basic learning principles. Yes, I finally found some paper! In the bathroom! Desperate measures for desperate times. LOL!
1. To help students learn something you should first understand what they already know
2. Showing students how to do something is better than telling them, and letting them do it is best of all
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Working with children and seeing them succeed was the delight of my heart and my reason for teaching! Early Childhood Education was my major and I pretty much, over the course of years, taught 3 year old preschool up to second grade. Teaching in many different states and different types of schools (public, private, christian, home school umbrella school) I found children of these age levels to display the same love and determination to learn!
In recent months I have had the privilege of walking alongside a few young moms who have chosen for one reason or another to take on the full responsibility(along with the father, of course) for the education of their children. I have enjoyed the wonderful delight of troubleshooting for them the little glitches that pop up in the educational process. And, in turn, that has led me to jot down a few thoughts on my teaching ideas and methods that might be helpful to others.
Even if this goal is not accomplished the way I am anticipating, I am looking forward to seeing what the musing of an ex-schoolteacher will do to bless those who have children at these ages. Ideas are floating around in my head - quite dangerous for a 59 year old because you never know where they are going to land - as to what form this blog will take. So join with me in this endeavor and add what comments or questions that you may have and let's see where we will journey together .