Here are some Relax Kids exercises for you to try out in your classroom today.
Social skills difficulties sneak up on most parents. Suddenly the child who had played alongside the other kids is now feeling isolated and unable to make friends. This happens because of how quickly social interactions change once a child moves out of toddler-hood. While being able to take turns was once enough, now the child must be able to:
Teachers, do you know how to get ready for the new school year and then what to concentrate on that first week? Many teachers get stressed out just thinking about it, because it's important to get started on the right foot.
If your child is old enough to attend school then apart from getting your child admitted in the best school it is your duty to help the child develop some learning skills. Helping your child develop learning skills can make it easier for them, to grasp things when they are at school.
How did someone like me end up an educator with a book on the rules of teaching and learning? It's really only natural. I have always been a student and even now at the ripe age of 92 (if you count principal years like dog years), I am still a student both formally and informally.
In my first years as an early childhood teacher in a small private preschool, if one of the children in my care was not following the 'norms' of development, it was not clear to me what I should do. As we all know, the early childhood field can have a fast turn over of staff in child care centres, and often the Directors or Authorised Supervisors have just as little or less field experience as other staff.
In an elementary school, there are often four or five classes of each grade level. In our district, one of those classes is for children in the gifted program. If there aren't enough children in the gifted program in that grade level, other students who score high are added to fill up that class.
Good teachers differentiate spelling instruction. They get outside of their spelling workbooks and challenge their students with un-mastered spelling patterns and words. But, how to differentiate spelling in a diverse classroom is the trick. Here is a classroom-tested plan that works with all grade levels.
Often children are taught the letters and sounds with a letter of the week approach. Learning is focused on each letter for an entire week, and everything about that letter is taught at the same time including the name, shape and sound. Research shows that this may not be the best approach for two reasons.
Preschool is the ideal time to develop and enhance students' understanding of written and spoken language. The letters of the alphabet are the basic building blocks that lie at the heart of communication, both spoken and written.