Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My practicum placement in the grade one classroom provides me with the opportunity to work with a range of student abilities. The need for differentiated instruction has been very evident right from the beginning. Whether related to abilities, English as a second language or special needs, I am planning according to the skills of each child. The challenges that teachers face when planning for various abilities can be overcome with the help of advice from colleagues or by accessing resources. I noticed that discussion with other students is very helpful and provides me with a variety of ideas and strategies that I can use in the classroom.
I think collaboration is a key factor to being an effective teacher.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Things To Know
- It is natural for children who are being bullied to feel scared and helpless.
- Bullying often occurs because children do not have high self-esteem.
- Do not promise to keep the bullying a secret.
- Work along with the school, parents and other teachers to deal with the issue together.
- Model good communication and an unbiased attitude within the classroom.
- Talk about diversity and acceptance.
- "Don't fight back, go and tell an adult you trust".
- Inform parents that it is alright to ask if their child is being bullied or if they are bullying other children.
Peel Committee on Sexual Assault/Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse, November 2002
Activity: Drew, Naomi. (1987). Being Human is Being Special. Learning the Skills of Peacemaking, Jalmar Press.
Read this poem: I look in the mirror and who do I see? My very own person who looks just like me. I look at my eyes, I look at my face, knowing that no one on earth or in space is quite like I am, one of a kind. My body is special and so is my mind. Each person alive has something special to give. We each make a difference each day that we live. I love myself and I love others too. The world is a special place. 'Cause it has me and you.