Elementary School taught me..
by: Caitlin Nelson
Where do I start... ?
Mrs. Millikan's Second Grade Class
Where do I even begin, this class.. these kids.. the teacher.. they were amazing! I learned so much when observing for those 10 hours in Mrs. Millikan's class.
Here are a few things I learned about keeping it all together:
- use organizational tools in the room (including tubs, things on desks to put pencils, crayons, scissors, everything the students needs in)
- organization is KEY
- on the back of each students chair was a pouch type item that kept all their folders, papers & books
- tables are set up so four students sit together
- each person has a "corner buddy" who will be their partner for activities
- As Mrs. Millikan did, write the day's schedule on the board
Here are a few things I learned about keeping their attention:
- take breaks often.. these kids attention spans do not last long
- do not just lecture, incorporate games, activities, anything to get them involved or even moving
- use BRIGHT colors all around the room
- utilize their bright minds and challenge them
- Mrs. Millikan made her students do "stretch time" occasionally, which would get them up and stretch their arms and legs
- Also, she would do "wiggle time" on days which is a dance they move along too (I will include a video of it down below)
Here are a few things I learned about helping them understand what their learning:
- "Repeat please" was commonly used in the classroom, letting the kids know she would repeat it if they asked nicely helped ease their nerves
- constantly asking if there are any questions or comments
- walking around the room, checking their work and reassuring them that they will get it
- reviewing what the learned the day before when starting a new concept
- I learned that if they didn't understand what they learned the day before, they will not understand the new concepts
Most importantly, I learned that these are just second graders and it won't be easy all the time, but it will be worth it. It takes time and most importantly patience.