This week I have had the opportunity to observe our first attempts of rotations in learning centers. Teachers have set the foundation, modeled, practiced and reviewed what it will look like moving in small groups from station to station. One day I was a helping with a fine motor activity and the next day I was guiding a coin sorting station. It was during one of my interactions this week that caused me to pause and reflect.
I observed a young man staring at his container of Play-Doh while everyone else jumped right in and began creating. Initially my first reaction was “maybe this is just not a highly preferred activity”, but after observing a little longer I thought “I wonder if this student has ever seen Play-Doh?”. With another student’s help we showed him how to take the Play-Doh out of the container and showed him how to touch it, roll it, and make it into different objects. Observing this interaction I also saw the change in the child’s face. He went from a look of confusion to excitement and at the end of the activity-smiles.
Leaders who love their work are always learning.
Learning Transformed. Sheninger and Murray.
In that moment I remember that there is wonder in everyday of kindergarten. So many experiences are so new for our learners and how we approach the introduction to a concept, a lesson, or a tool is critical in shaping positive experiences and responses.
Too often (myself included) we rush through the day’s activities without stopping to slow down and observe before we interact, intervene or react. Had I jumped in and taken over he wouldn’t have learned how to try something new on his own. By standing back not only did he become more independent he learned that trying something new was exciting, rewarding and fun!
So tomorrow in your class or school take some time to pause, reflect and observe the wonder of someone learning something new….and in a way so will you.
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This week I am spending 30-60 minutes in each classroom observing instruction and interactions and then writing positive post-cards home to those students. This is an opportunity for me to be intentional about getting into classrooms, establishing the routine of leading from my feet-not my seat, and building positive relationships with students and staff early on in the school year.