This is something I’m really working on with some of my families- whether they are getting their preschoolers ready for kindergarten, or their young preschoolers ready to attend preschool at a new school. It can sometimes be harder for parents than for children to leave a school and go to a new one; I’ve noticed this is especially true at my current school where many families come to us when their older child is an infant, and don’t leave until the younger child is four- or five-years-old. In some cases, the families are with us for seven, eight, even 10 years, which makes saying goodbye for the last time very emotional.
An interesting line of inquiry, and one I’ve thought about before. I gained so much from my private school education, but I am also very aware of what I wasn’t exposed to.
This makes me cringe. And as the shutdown continues, I think of my students from last year- although they’ve all graduated into kindergarten, the rest of the school’s students rely on Head Start funding to have a safe place to go every day. The students I have devoted my time, love, and energy to may not be able to continue to go to school if the shutdown continues. Head Start programs are so much more than schools- they are community centers where families can come together, and where students get healthy meals.
An old train transformed into a book shop in Auvers-sur-Oise (France)
From comics and books for children, to old books (Literature, Science, History and more), this peculiar book shop must have something to tickle your curiosity! [All pictures are mine.]
Now that I’m leaving my school, we FINALLY got some of the materials I ordered in March! Without having to give my students any instruction, they immediately went to work sorting, pairing, patterning and creating. It was a moment of sadness and pride. Look at my babies work!
I have certainly noticed, both in my teaching and in my classes, that there are a good number of teachers and teachers-to-be who seem to suffer from stage fright, or shyness. This is nothing on those teachers who speak in dead-pan voices, without any enthusiasm or excitement. How can a student be expected to get invested when their teachers sound like they’re dying of boredom? I’ve also noted that nowhere in our training are we taught to deal with teacher-to-teacher issues (we do a lot of practice for trouble with parents), which is something that I’ve had to improvise as I’ve taught, and will have to deal with a lot more now that I’m moving into a supervisory role.