#23 How to Talk to Children

Flora Mackenzie of World Shine Foundation talking to the pupils of Laxdale Primary School, Isle of Lewis during Assembly.   Photos © Colin J. Campbell www.colinjcampbell.com/blog

Teacher’s impact more than student’s intellectual growth, they also affect their emotional growth. There are several ways teachers can do this. One way is standing at the door and greeting each child by name as they walk in the door. After all children have entered close the door and, with a big smile, tell the students how happy you are to see them, and the great day you have in store for them today. Give the vocabulary word of the day and definition. Ask several students to define some previous words. Give previous definitions and ask for the vocabulary words. Pass out a daily template to one student and have them write two vocabulary words and their definitions. Pass the same template around to various students throughout the day, with the goal being student’s writing the different activities done throughout the day. You are unlikely to have access to a copy machine at the end of the day but you can copy the template for the next morning. Students should bring home the daily template for students to show parents. You could have starter sentences like, “One funny thing that happened today was… Don’t forget listing homework. Since students will be getting this paper two days late, give them at least two days to have their homework assignments completed.

Homework can be collected in the morning if you want to stay after school to correct it. Otherwise, have two students correct in the back of the room using the answer sheet you provide. Or, you can have the class exchange papers while you read out the answers. Enter all grades in Power School if your school system uses it. Circulate throughout the room, asking students various questions during the day. Listen to their answers and comment on them. Ask them silly questions such as, “What would you do if you saw…..” See who can come up with the silliest answer. Try to be as positive as you can. Strive for ignoring minor annoyances and giving remarkable credit to every positive behavior, clever response, and good try student’s come up with. Stare at their beautiful eyes when you talk to them. Make every day their best day ever!

-Jan

 

Photo Credit: Flora Mackenzie of World Shine Foundation talking to the pupils of Laxdale Primary School, Isle of Lewis during Assembly.
Photos © Colin J. Campbell
www.colinjcampbell.com/blog