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Creating Lifelong Learners....A Teacher's Reflection

Well everyone, it's finally the weekend!! Whoo-hoo!! Congratulations to Jennifer, Kaleigh and Vickie for winning the St. Patrick's Day unit! In first grade, one of the areas that I struggled with teaching is writing. It was always the subject that I wanted to improve upon each year. Last year, in my third year of 1st grade, I felt as if I finally really had a grip on writer's workshop. Since moving to Kindergarten this year, I moved back to beginning, feeling at a loss for how to teach writing to kids, some who didn't even know their letters, others who were still in the scribbling stage.

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!


  1. Thanks for stopping by and being so sweet.
    I'm your newest follower :)

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  2. Yay! I'm so excited about the unit!

  3. Oh, Angela! Thanks for the sweet shout out! I understand what you mean about feeling like you had a grasp on things in first grade (finally) and now you feel lost again. I felt the same way in second last year (also my third year in that grade level) and then was moved to K this year and fell like I am floating around lost sometimes. Sigh... We will get there again, for sure. We have each other!


  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm glad you found me so I could find you! Love your units!!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my look-alike blog:) I'm follower #44 now. Don't worry, I have been in kindergarten for 13 years and sometimes I still feel lost! There is always so much going on and no two children are alike so I think we are always thinking of the best way to reach each individual child while making sure we instill a love for learning in them.

    ...and I haven't heard about the Dr. Seuss/Scrappin Doodle thing but I did purchase it....guess I had better check that out!

  6. I'm your newest follower - found you over at Jennifer's Blog - Laughing Blue Skies. Looks like you girls had a blast today!!!!

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  8. It is sooo hard to see a child "know" he/she isn't as smart as the others...It is heart-breaking. It takes a lot from you to buffer that.... I love your super cute blog! I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to come visit me too if you like :0)

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