- *Reflection: When you have one of those ‘really difficult’ kids. Into every teacher’s life, a challenging child will come. They just do not respond to your usual management strategies. Often, this child is ejected from the learning environment and isolated for ‘discipline’. Unfortunately, this does not usually result in positive changes, and they are missing out on learning! You will need to pull out all the creative stops for this child. Above all, do your best to connect and establish a relationship with them, help them know they are worthy of love and belonging. That is ground zero for this kid.
*Tip: Try the survey method to get to know your students better (Google Forms, SurveyMonkey, etc.). *Tip: Use a data spreadsheet to store, update, and easy-access this student info throughout the year. *Tip: Focus on the ‘why’.
“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~Anonymous
- *Reflection: Are you asking quality questions? Essential questions drive meaningful learning and real-life application goals. What are the essential questions of your lesson or learning activity? How do they promote reflection and critical thinking in students, and answer why they should care about the learning? And how do they inform your assessment of student understanding? *Points to Ponder: How can using QFT further extend meaningful learning and higher level inquiry?
“I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.” ~Seymour Simon
- *Reflection: Scaffolding? Help! You will see and hear about scaffolding a lot. What exactly is it and what does it look like? Essentially, it is strategies to provide students enough supports and sub-skills or information to be able to move forward in comprehension and understanding through new concepts, problem solve challenges, and be able to complete the next stage of mastery on their own through self-discovery.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” ~Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada