Creating self awareness in the classroom
I found that Allison's lesson was interesting. I'm not a biology person, so having a lesson that was grounded in my life experiences was a welcolmed change. Since I'm teaching kindergarten this year I will have to mofify the lesson. In the beginning of the year I will ask them to draw of picture of what they want to do in school. I will then ask them to draw a picture of what scares them about school. I then want them to draw of picture of what they want me to do in school. I will then ask them to share their pictures in a group and I will walk around discussing their pictures with the kids. Afterwards I will bring them to the floor and with volunteers, create a chart recording children ideas about their pictures. Finally, I will summarize the leasson and chart. What I hope to achieve is a better understanding of what my students need and my role in facilitating their learning. It also allows me to try to ease fears of being in school for the first time. The children can also see what they as individuals and a whole want to learn. I want it to become a living document that will constanly be modified as the year progresses.