Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Enjoying Children

In Simple Advice: Enjoy the Kids from @DavidGeurin Blog, David Geurin shares,

“The quickest way to change another person's behavior is to change your behavior towards them. Kids are going to make mistakes. But if you make it a point to enjoy being with them, and treat them with great respect and care, there is almost no mistake you can't correct. They'll be far more open to your feedback when they feel that you like them and enjoy them.”

Whenever I get frustrated with students, I remember the success I had with a student when I changed my own behavior. When I realized it was impossible to change his behavior until I changed mine. I had to change how I reacted to his behavior. Once I did this, I was able to see more clearly what I needed to do to help the student change his behavior.

I am currently a volunteer at our state park and my husband and I lead second graders on nature hikes. Every time I do this, I get nervous because I don’t want to mess up. I want to make sure I give them the right information on life cycles. I want the teachers to be glad that I’m leading the hike. I want the children to enjoy the hike and the learning. I’m so caught up in what I want from their behavior that I have to make myself stop. I have to remind myself why I like doing this.

I like children. I like being around all of their energy and excitement. I like hearing the questions they ask and seeing the wonder in their eyes when they see something new. I love how they share their observations with each other.

I realized that once I relaxed and focused on enjoying the children, I had a much better time. I knew I was well prepared and I’ve done this many times so there is no reason I should have worried. I was focusing too much on myself instead of the children.

I think new teachers tend to worry too much about themselves. They need to take a less serious outlook on their newness. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be well prepared. They need to be well prepared but once know they are, they need to take a deep breath. It is time to enjoy the children!

When was the last time you enjoyed your students? Please share.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Photos

“I’m always curious about what people do with their photos either personally or professionally.”

I take a lot of photos and I enjoy learning how to take better photos. I’m not sure I’ll ever get great at it but I like to see my improvement. I also like when I take a photo that looks good. So, one of the things I do is reflect on my photos and how I can make them better.

Depending on the situation, I may use photos for different things.

When I’m writing a blog post about my travels, I upload my photos to Flickr and link them to my post. This way I can always go back to them if I want to see where we have been.

When I take photos of hikes I’m on with my hiking group, I like to share my photos with the rest of the group. Everyone seems to enjoy looking back on the fun we had.

I like to take photos and sharing interesting things with my Instagram friends. I like looking at their photos also. It makes me feel connected with many of my friends locally and those far away.

Sometimes I take photos of things to document them in case I need proof. Many times I take photos of advertised prices of items so when it rings up wrong at the cash register, I can show the price that was advertised.

I might take photos of serial numbers so that I can enlarge them if I need to register an item. This is especially useful if the number is in a hard to see spot and I can use my phone camera to take a photo.

When I’m teaching my practicum course, I like to take a photo of my students (the teachers) and their students (the children) so I can show my department head and others what we do during our program. I like to video their final presentations also. This is helpful to show the student’s in my next year’s class.

How do you use your photos? Please share.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Back of the Book Blurb #101 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Hoppy Parents

They searched everywhere looking for Kermit, so they could go on an airboat ride, but they couldn’t find him! Eventually, they found Kermit all alone and unconscious on the grass. At first, they thought an alligator had tried to eat him! Big Bird picked him up gently and carried him back to his room. This vacation to the Florida Everglades was turning out terrible! At first, they argued that he was dead but after he started moving around and groaning, they argued about calling a doctor. Finally, Kermit softly told them not to call the doctor. When asked what had happened, Kermit said he thought he saw his parents! No one knew the story about his parents because Kermit never talked about them. They helped Kermit sit up and he realized that it was time to tell them his story. (140 words)