How many times have you said ‘this is how I do it’? OR have you heard a colleague say ‘I always do X this way.’? URGHHHH
I know that we are creatures of habit. We all get into our routines or our way of teaching or setting up our spaces- it is natural, most of us are creatures of habit. BUT classrooms are not teacher spaces- they learning spaces. We must be comfortable in the spaces—and all students must be comfortable learning in the spaces. Part of learning is taking ownership over the space.
A few things to keep in mind when setting up spaces:
- who are your students?
- what supports are necessary to reduce barriers to learning? This includes furniture, placement, accessibility, flow, et cetera - how can I make this room everyone’s learning space?
I love the metaphor of children as puzzle pieces or individual pieces of a puzzle. All these little unique balls of energy that come together to make a beautiful picture. This picture represents community- big or small, school or family. The notion that each piece, no matter its shape, comes together to create something awesome is important. It is important because, often, we struggle with pieces that are not what we expect or pieces that do not easily fit.
Today’s post is for the parents- Do you know how valuable and important you are to your child’s learning??
We need you to teach us about your child, give us input, and support the school journey. We need you on the team. You may have lots of meetings with us or only come in for parent teacher conference, but make sure you come! Your questions, your insight, and your dedication shapes the journey too. When your child needs a little or a lot of extra support- we need you there to advocate.
This girl is amazing!!! Just when you think she is going in one direction, she stops, blows you a kiss, and runs in the other 💖
She is amazing. I have taught her for two years now and for two years she has kept me on my toes. She is caring, helpful, and full of mischief🤣
I have learned about the importance in patience from little miss S. For two years, she never once said my name, let along requested the bathroom. To be honest, she would just grab my arm or run.
BUT that changed today.... She came up to me after recess and looked at me and said ‘Cumming pee’ and walked to the bathroom... she said my name and requested the bathroom!!!! Wowowkw- 2 years, but she did it. The celebration we had all day was awesome.... so awesome she did not stop saying my name!!!
By the end of today this little monkey was so pumped she sat at her desk and worked independently- another first!!! We are less than two weeks away from summer holidays, and she demonstrated something else.... in her time.👍👍😘
I know we are so excited for summer and so excited to relax..... but don’t give up! Don’t start taking down your classroom because the end is near. You never know when one of your kiddos will have a moment to shine!!