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Re: working in elementary school
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Anna N.
Sat, 20 Nov 1999 14:38:0
When i first began teaching elementary school, I found that same problem.
Then I thought, hmmm, maybe I am not breaking down this informaiton in a
clear and structured enough way. Try bringing your lessons "down a notch"
and really focus on one objective at a time, especially for k-2, one or two
directions at a time they can handle, and they will get "more from less" so
to speak. This doesn't mean you have to dumb-down your objectives, just
present them differently. I used to teach high school and o found that
when i switched to elementary that I was simply not feeding the
informaiton, discussion, directions in a way basic enough for them to
successfully follow without a lot of help. Most times if you find that
MOST of your students need help, that is the sign to try a simpler
approach. Then peer tutoring WILL work, (thank goodness!). Also, make
sure that they are all paying full and close attention to YOU while you are
giving directions, sometimes it's not that the directions aren't clear, but
that they're off in la-la (or Pokemon) land while you're discussing the
project. I quiz them alot (just verbally) -during the discussion and after
class when they are in line) to let them know it is important as well as to
have repetition by me and them, of tyhe information. Most kids want to
know the answers when you ask them questions so they will listen better if
they kjnow they'll be held accountable. Sorry this was so long, hope it
helps a little.
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