Learning by Doing

Friday, March 24, 2017

As I sit here on my week-long Spring Break, I am so grateful to have the time to reflect on our year and gear up to make the last 9 weeks with these 26 second graders be time well spent. As a teacher, you can get so focused on the "what" in teaching - your content - instead of your "who," your "how," and especially, your "why." 
Over Christmas break, our staff got a chance to really reflect on our WHY. Why are we here? Why are we teachers? Facilitating, assessing, leading, in the way that we do in this new school district is not for the faint of heart. Remembering why we are doing it and who we are doing it with was really important for us. It was the right way to start off our second semester of our second year of school.

But now, before starting my last 9 weeks of school, I want to look at my WHO and my HOW...
My learners and how I can best meet their needs.
I found these quotes last night while doing some research. I feel like I needed some reminding that these 7 and 8 year olds in my class are just that - 7 and 8 year olds. They have only been on this earth for a very short time. There is so much they do not know and have yet to explore. They need to be allowed every opportunity to research in the way they know how. I'm already noticing how so many children at this age forego "play" and would rather choose an iPad. I have 15 minutes at the end of each day where I basically force play and creativity on my students. No iPads, no screen time. They must build, imagine, and/or create something. Pull out the puppets or play-doh. Let's get out the blocks or the marble run or the electrical circuits and figure out what makes a ramp work. Let's ask questions and wonder. Let's make thinkers!

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