We all have students we wish we could help a little bit more each day. Those that need one on one time and we aren’t able to provide it everyday. If you’re like me, some days you leave school feeling a little defeated – by time constraints, lack of resources, lack of ideas, lack of personnel. You want to reach every child, every day. You hope that your passion for learning will seep into your students. That your encouragement to take charge of their own learning takes root. That they take a path of self discovery. And if you’re lucky, you get to hear all about it.
This year, a few of my students came to kindergarten absolutely ready to read. One student, Callie, was already reading. She has been following her second grade sister’s lead for some time now. In class, she asks just the right amount of questions to keep me on my toes and challenge her fellow students. She is a self motivator learner and helps her peers just because she wants to. More and more she has become a fellow facilitator of learning in our class.
As we work to create a student centered classroom, voice and choice are extremely important. I believe when a child feels invested and valued, more learning can take place. Also, more chances are taken and children feel comfortable stepping up to challenges. It is ok to not know. It is ok to ask someone else who might know. It is also ok to get excited about learning – and carry that learning over into other aspects of life. Learning at school should translate to home and vice versa. And when that happens, as a teacher, you feel lucky. You get to witness one of those moments.
Here is Callie’s moment, shared with me by her mom. Callie created a book, using Book Creator on her home iPad. Book creator has not been taught yet in my class – she is taking what her older sister has shown her and combined it with her own creativity and knowledge.
I’ve included screen shots of the book pages, all that’s missing is her sweet voice narrating.