Sunday, September 30, 2007

How to Really Love a Child

I picked this up at a conference and tweaked it a bit because I wanted to share it with you, enjoy:

Be there. Say yes as often as possible. Let them bang on pots and pans. If they're crabby, let them take a bath. Love yourself. Realize how important it is to be a child. Go to a movie theatre in your pajamas. Read books out loud with joy. Invent fun things together. Remember how really small they are. Giggle a lot. Surprise them. Say NO when necessary. Teach feelings. Heal your own INNER child. Learn about parenting. HUG trees together. Make sharing emotions safe. Bake a cake and eat it with no hands. Go find elephants and kiss them. Plan to build a rocket ship. Imagine yourself MAGIC. Make lots of forts with blankets. Let your angel fly. Reveal your own dreams. Search out the positive. Keep the gleam in your eye. Mail letters to important figures (religious or other). Encourage SILLY. Plant licorice in your GARDEN. Open up. Stop yelling. Express your LOVE.... A LOT. Speak kindly. Paint their running shoes. HANDLE WITH CARING :)

Reference: Vosark

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Every Child

Every child is first and foremost a child with feelings, strengths, needs and wonderful, unique qualities.

One of the things that is crucial to being a good teacher, is the ability to appreciate every child and not to make anyone feel left out. Most people have a memory of a special teacher that made them feel unique and appreciated. It is often one sentence or a comment that can change a child's life. I believe that as future teachers we must take this responsibility as a great challenge and make the extra effort to be CARING and SYMPATHETIC.

A garden full of a variety of blooming flowers is much more pleasant and interesting than one with only roses. Diversity makes our world a beautiful and lively garden.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

First Day of Practicum

My first day of practicum at Artesian Drive was above and beyond anything I expected. The school is extremely organized and has a lively spirit, with lots of extracurricular activities, parent involvement and staff collaboration. The teachers have groups designated for their grades and they actively support each other. I was a little anxious before I got to the school but as soon as I met my associate teacher and began to get to know students and other staff, I felt a great sense of community and acceptance.

I would like to comment on something that I think is extremely valuable. During the staff meeting, teachers and other staff were sharing their last year's accomplishments through power point presentations. After talking to some of the teachers about their experiences, I found that this kind of sharing process is a motivational factor for teachers to remain engaged with the school. These experiences also provide the teachers with a sense of togetherness and support. I am really excited and looking forward to practicum days !!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

My first week at Brock

Wow, I am overwhelmed but happy to be here. I can not believe I am finally on my way to becoming a teacher. The faculty is helpful and supportive which relieved a lot of my anxiety. I can not wait to start !!