While reading for my class the other night (I'm 3 classes away from having my Ed.S!), I read about the Reggio Emilia philosophy, that has the guiding belief that all children are capable and competent. It allows children to focus on learning experiences with all of their senses. I do a lot of kid watching at times, and by necessity, we have to differentiate instruction. I hate to see the dawning revelation in a child's eyes when they finally realize that they are unable to do the same work as some of their peers. We currently have the Art teacher coming to our room, until she has her own room. I sat and watched part of her art lesson, and when it was time for the kids to do their own artwork, every child looked capable and competent. No child felt inferior, and the look on all of their precious faces were priceless. This is my goal as a teacher, for every child that comes through my classroom to feel this way.
Sometimes children can learn to hate education early on, and that makes me so sad, to see their frustration with learning. I have learned to create success for every child, no matter how small. It is something that I wish someone had shared with me in my first year of teaching. Thank you to all of my blog friends, who inspire me to do great things in the classroom, to continue to learn and improve my teaching craft, because they are definitely worth it. I am learning a lot about The Daily Five, thanks to Erica at Sprinkles to Kindergarten, and I can't wait to implement it in my classroom. I hope to learn much more.
How do you reach your children in your own classroom? How do you create success for every child?
Thanks for listening to me, it has been on my mind all day!