It can be hard to incorporate art into a young classroom because the children usually get sloppy. I remember when we painted flowers for Spring in the Kinder class – and the amount of cleanup (there wasn’t any on the floor, but the cups and paintbrushes and smocks!) I received a Buddha Board for my birthday, and it is going to transform the way I think about art. It uses water on a canvas so the students don’t even need paint 😮 The image created evaporates as well, which will allow students to take turns – I plan to take pictures of the artwork to show the families what their children have been working on.
This weekend, I realized that my grad school friends are going to be great teachers because they love being big kids! It is my birthday, and I am throwing a boardgame night – everyone is very excited to play charades, Taboo, and card games! It is something that brings us back to our inner children and competitiveness 🙂 I enjoyed their reactions as adults to playing fun games. As teachers, we want to always have games in our pockets for “free” time at the end of the day or before recess.
This blog article struck me because many teachers talk about reading books that are above the students’ reading levels since the teacher can help them comprehend it, and students should read simpler books on their own – HOWEVER, this teacher discovered that her students couldn’t connect to the older books. They loved when she read The Magic Treehouse series. It all depends on your students, and how they react when you read different books. With the Pre-K students, everything I read will be above their reading levels so I’ll pick stories that I find interesting or I think they will enjoy, and go from there!
I also posted twice today because I had the timing off again yesterday. I posted one yesterday that was for the day before and thought I was done (turns out I wasn’t!)
I can’t believe we have finished having a full day of classes! We only a few more days with one afternoon class next week, and then we have no more in-class time. When I finish the final assignment for that class which is due in a few weeks, I’ll write about being officially done. BUT I am very close! This graduate program flew by in this last term – we have all grown so much in our experiences and with each other 🙂 It’s crazy that there are only a few more weeks until we disperse into our classrooms for setup and training. We are going to be REAL teachers soon! 😮
I totally agree with this article! I think morning meetings are very important to building a community in your classroom, and allowing everyone to share their ideas. It takes some time before the students feel comfortable with each other usually, but at the beginning of the year, you would be doing lots of Ice Breakers and team building activities. It is a time to grow together as a class and create a culture where students feel open about sharing emotional times in their life. Children need to have that support in the classroom, so they can lean on their peers as well as the teacher. I want to incorporate these in my classroom with my Pre-K kiddos!
I like the idea of encouraging compliments from students! Also the actual seeing of the chain grow will help students know how close they are – at first, it may be like a chore for them to get to the bottom. But eventually, they should just want to say them (it will become routine to be nice!) This is a great thing for my Pre-K students because they are still learning the importance of what they say and making friends.
Now that it is coming to the end of the term, I am able to relax more when I am at home – the teachers are giving us in-class time to work on final assignments for this week. I have one big paper that I’ll start working on this weekend BUT I am mainly catching up on shows and starting a new mystery book 🙂 It’s very nice to have this time before I start work in August! It will be tougher to have free time, alone or with family and friends.
I really liked this post! It can be applied to teaching very easily – how a teacher motivates his/her students to keep trying can affect the children for the rest of their schooling (and even lives). If there is a climate in which mistakes are learning moments, students will not feel like failures when they don’t understand a concept. They will be encouraged to persevere and think about the idea until they get it! Learning from their peers will be welcomed, rather than cheating. This is an essential part of a positive learning environment!
You’ve put on some pounds. I’m not buying you any more clothes until you lose weight.
Let’s take a walk after dinner.
I’ll let you make the salad.
I love you just the way you are, exactly as you are.
If you needed to learn how to swim, what would be most motivating?
I don’t want to hear your crying. Get in the water and swim! Don’t be a baby!
I’ll be right by your side.
You can do this. If not today, we’ll try again tomorrow.
I love you just the way you are, exactly as you are.
If you needed to practice better hygiene, what would be most motivating?
What is that awful smell? It’s a wonder you have any friends.
Let’s go to the store and pick out some deodorant.
Your hair smells…
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I just realized that Teacherspayteachers has a Pre-K section!! This makes me so happy 🙂 I love utilizing the amazing ideas that teachers put up there, as well as altering certain parts of the activity to match what I want. I have plenty of ideas that I want to incorporate into my classroom, but it is always helpful to have lessons for aspects that I might not have thought of yet. I look forward to searching around ALL the interesting lessons out there, and picking and choosing what I want to strive to do for my first year teaching!
I knew it was important to have a group of teachers who are your friends, but keeping in touch with them all once you leave graduate school is even more important. Facebook will make it simpler to see how everyone is doing with their first year teaching, and texting/calling will help too! I am fortunate to have a good group of gals as my friends – and we can laugh, cry, share about normal lives as well as things only teachers understand. We still have about two weeks to hang out on a nearby basis, so we are all soaking in the time now 🙂