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 came across this post (click here) a few weeks back, and since it is closing in on the end of Winter term and beginning of Spring, I thought I would discuss an activity that I want to do near the start of my full-time teaching practicum of Kindergarten. The activity involves the book, “The Crayon Box that Talked.” The children discuss the importance of a variety of colors and everyone’s differences. I thought it would be a great way for the Kindergarteners to feel comfortable with each other and get to know me as a teacher 🙂 Even though the year is almost over, I still want to try and build a community with the students – books are a wonderful way for the very young to understand concepts and be able to talk about them in simpler terms. They should be able to notice that the “colors” are being hurtful to each other and I can help them relate it to real life with everyone’s cultures. I want to create a safe place with my future students and it is beneficial to practice our personal teaching vision during our practicums.
I have been busy today with lots of back-to-back events – including tonight – so I apologize for not writing my own post. BUT this one from a new blog I started following sparked my interest. It relates to “Getting Through Grad School” because it is a reminder that lessons can start from anywhere (including your community). There should not be stress to find real-world examples of what you’re learning, just reach out to the world around you. Field trips are always fun experiences and bringing experts to your classroom works just as well!
Yesterday a representative from Bering Land Bridge National Preserve came into our class to teach us about our ecosystem and the animals that live in it. She read us the story North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration. We learned about why certain animals live in cold climates, migrating patterns of arctic animals, and how animals survive and find food in the arctic.
Then students took turns picking an animal from a method of migration and deciding if they lived in the arctic or not. They sorted the animals by arctic animals and non arctic animals by taping the picture of the animal to the picture of the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. We finished off the lesson with a song sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It. The title of the song was If You Live in the Arctic.