Our second day of learning was more hands on than the first, as today students were writing stories in their activity books, and practicing rhyming words with fun activities. I've established bonds with many students among the class, and I think they're almost as excited as I am for my return tomorrow. When I first started helping children learn, I realized how unfamiliar I am with the currriculm, and what they should know and what they will have no recollection of. Fortunately, my teacher explained the goals for the activities I'm helping them with, and how this relates to the curriculm. I've also been reviewing the copy of the curriculm guidelines online, so I can help students better understand the learning. But, the more I'm at Washington, the more I realize how much I have to learn. My mentor teacher is very comfortable disciplining children when something doesn't turn out in the best manner, while carefully sparing the child's feelings. It's hard for me to tell them they did something wrong just because I don't want to hurt their feelings, so as I gain more experience, I will hopefully be able to treat them in a respectable, but stern manner.
The Map of the Learning World
Along with me as your tour guide, you'll also find I've added my daily journal entries, or blogs, to help guide you through the learning world. Feel free to check them out!