Tuesday, November 19, 2013

C4T #4

C4T Comment 1


My C4T teacher is named Erin. She is a third year Vice-Principal in Ottawa, Canada. She is also a budding photographer and you can check out her work at Adrienne Paynter Photography. She has a deep passion for her students learning and leadership skills.

She posted to her blog about The Lasting Legacy of "The Red Group". The article was quite funny when I started reading it. Erin noticed two kids that she saw in the doctor’s office one day, and how it related to her day to day school life. The little girl noticed a jar full of colored pencils and she immediately kept saying that she belonged to the “Red Group”. I think that by saying this she thought I wonder what she is talking about. The little girl was in a certain color reading group at school and she started thinking I wonder how she got put in the red reading group. Maybe it had to do with how slow or fast you are at reading. The story itself was so cute and funny, because the little girl remembered when she saw that red pencil she was reminded of the group she got put into at school. Kids these days’ notice the little things and retain so much of it, just by looking at a certain color or object. This story was by far the cutest I’ve read so far in EDM310. Children have such big imaginations, and they absorb so much information, that we as adults do not see sometimes. Just like the red pencil in the jar. It is so phenomenal that a child can think of this stuff from their mind. It is truly amazing!!

C4T Comment 2

How Do You Help Students Reach Their Yet?. Erin made a great point on the way parents and children communicate with each other on a daily basis. Being in school at a young age, you are constantly growing and making observations on how to learn different things in school. Erin talks about in this article the discouraging messages parents tell their teachers about their childs learning process. "She doesnt know how.." How to liste, how to focus, how to do his times tables, how to spell, how to read.. It's more than discouraging and downright dangerous I quote from Erin Paynter.
The answer is that motivating them instead of stereotyping, and underestimating them. Give these students a more powerful words of wisdom. Erins answer to these statemens has been using this one particular word: Yet.

"She doesn't know how to spell." "Yet".
“He just doesn’t know how to read.” “Yet.”
“He just doesn’t know how to handle frustration.” “Yet.”
“She just doesn’t know how to do her times tables.” “Yet.”

This one word is the most powerful tool to reflect the studen and parent bonding. This word will really motivate students to learn. Even when times are tough, they can take this word and say "I can do this."

How can we get our students to their yet?

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