Monthly Archives: September 2010

Relationship is Everything

Students at our campus

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I subscribe to this blog written by Trinidad Hunt. I thought I would share it with you.

“For the last 30 years I have been saying that Relationship is Everything! Today there is a growing body of evidence that supports the notion that student engagement begins with relationships. Students need to feel connected to the adults in their school environment. The more connected they feel the greater the positive impact this has on everything from academics to social and emotional behavior. So how do we do this? How do we make students the center of everything we do as we move through our busy day on campus? How do we help students feel connected to us and to every adult on the school grouds? The 3-6-9 Rule that I developed and deliver to every school community that I work in will help you. Teach it to every adult member of your school community and ask for committed practice of the 3-6-9 Rule from everyone on the team. When walking across the campus or standing in the hallways or office areas… 3 – Look up, smile and say hello to every person who passes within 3 feet (1 metre) of you. 6 – Look up, smile and nod at every person that passes within 6 feet (2 metres) of you. 9- Look up and nod at every person that passes within 9 feet (3 metres) of you. Let every adult on the campus know how important they are in the lives of students. Their connection on any given day and at any given moment could be what makes that students day! Invite everyone to have fun with this. Make it a game to see how many students you can connect with during the day. And of course, if you know their name use it! Students love to be acknowledged by their names!!”

THRASS – helping children to read, write and spell

english language

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THRASS is a wonderful program designed to help children learn the 44 phonemes of the English language. It is particularly useful for second language learners of English. The THRASS Phoneme Machine is a FREE computer programme that uses moving human lips to pronounce the sounds (phonemes) in hundreds of frequently used English words. An excellent resource for teachers, assistants and parents. www.phonememachine.com

 

Literacy Learning

Shockingly diverse kindergarten group in Paris

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We can use lots of everyday objects and things in our environment to help our children learn to read. For example, when we are at the shops or the bank or wherever, you could do the following:  Mum says, ‘We have to push to open the door. Look! The sign says PUSH.’ In this way, you are focusing your child’s attention on to the word ‘PUSH’. This will help them as they begin to recognise symbols that are meaningful to them such as letters, the words for signs in their street or at the shops. Later, they will learn to recognise the word ‘PUSH’ in lots of different places and this is very important for literacy learning.

Questions

Questions, questions and more questions.We have all heard that famous question “are we there yet?” Children have a natural curiosity when it comes to their world. Asking questions is part of a child’s natural development. As a teacher or parent, it is important to harness this enthusiasm because asking questions can develop their higher order thinking skills, develop their general knowledge and problem solving skills.These are all very important skills necessary for them to function in our world. When children ask questions they are actively involved in their learning as they list, describe, illustrate, compare, defend and create.

What is great teaching?

Great teaching is all about giving students choices, about making students responsible for their own learning and above all giving students a sense of ownership. It’s really about teachers being more concerned with helping students learn rather than pushing them to gain particular exam scores. This is an approach that focuses on the  student and  is more conducive to empowering students and helping them to  improve their own knowledge and competency.