Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
Here we are racing to the end of another calendar year. The miles just keep speeding past as we navigate the race of life. I wonder how many runners have come to mile 12 in a half-marathon and wished he had prepared better? That was certainly my feeling the first half-marathon I ran a couple of years ago. I'm not sure what I would have done more to prepare, but surely there was something I missed. That last mile seemed endless and my knees and hips felt like they were becoming disembodied.
Most of us who are approaching the 'later years,' probably have a few thoughts about what we wished we would have done to prepare. For example, I sometimes wished I had continued on to medical school and become a doctor. Maybe I would have been able to save more money for retirement!
Friday, November 02, 2012
The Safety and Security of Consistency
I was working with one of my student teachers recently and she expressed to me her exasperation with her cooperating site teacher. They currently have a child who is in foster care in their class. The little first grader has learned how to manipulate situations and refuses to cooperate with classroom rules. My student teacher is frustrated because when she follows through on classroom procedures with the girl, and she is required to receive the consequences of her actions, the site teacher pulls the girl aside and gives her candy! Ugh!
I know that the site teacher thinks she is being supportive and comforting to this little girl. The student teacher feels like she is forced into the "bad guy" role in the classroom.
Labels: classroom managment
Monday, October 08, 2012
Helping Children Bloom
We are getting ready to say goodbye to our flowers for the season. In our area, flowers disappear with the first frost. Although a little early, we lost a few vines this past week, but we are still enjoying the flowers. However, I understand that we must enjoy them today because they will be gone tomorrow.
Labels: Individual differences
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Literacy in the Sand Table
- Forming letters of the alphabet with wet sand or dough
- Allowing children to create parts of stories using sand and props
- Having children use a scoop to find sponge letters floating in water
- Using a magnet wand to find magnetic letters hidden in sand
- Using dough to create another ending for a story
- Using sand on a cookie sheet or tray to form alphabet letters with your finger
The list was quite extensive and included many activities for use in the sensory table or center. These types of workshops serve as a reminder about how critical it is to engage children and keep learning exciting.
Labels: Early Literacy
Monday, August 27, 2012
And School Begins...
Labels: Beginning of School
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Passing the Torch
Time continues to slip past us at an incredible rate. As we age, our perception is that time moves even faster. Before we realize it, we take the place of our parents and soon we will observe our children taking our place. When my aunt, the last of her generation, passed away last fall, my cousin turned to me and said, "Well, we're it now. WE are the oldest generation." When did that happened? When did I become the 'oldest' guy around? I watch my three children as parents worrying about their children moving into the teenage years. Wow! Part of me laments at being older while the other part of me is happy that I don't have to raise teenagers again!
Labels: passing generations
Thursday, July 05, 2012
The experience also reminded me how vulnerable and delicate our young children are when watching their parent or grandparent. When adults are good examples and at the same time challenge the child to think and create their own answers, a resilient child is created. I remember reading some of the research on Multiple Intelligences that was a theory offered by Howard Gardner. In one of his documents he mentioned how he didn't want his children to redo the same things that he had done. He wanted them to create new things and new ideas. Being a great example to children and encouraging them to develop thinking skills will help carry these children into a future we can't predict.
Labels: early childhood