Young children want friends but don’t always know how to treat them, so promoting heathy ideas about friendship in preschool is key.
If you want to know how to reach, engage, and best teach your students, ask them. Here are example questions and tips on how to ask them.
As you are beginning to think about returning to school, I have a suggestion that can drastically impact your year (and it's simple): brainstorm questions to ask your students.
For many students, the process of learning new material can feel like swimming in an ocean with fish moving in many different directions. Additionally, the information itself can feel like fish swimming in the minds of students overwhelming them, causing anxiety, uncertainty and even fear. They can feel as if what they're trying to learn has no order, especially when context is lacking.
Calm down, you’re okay! What does that really mean? If I would have told my three-year-old that in the middle of Target while she was screaming and melting down…. would she have known what I meant?
Gratitude involves both feeling and expressing our thankfulness; it means we show our appreciation for others. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” For a five-year-old, gratitude looks like consistently saying “thank you” to others, making thank you cards, and identifying things that make them feel thankful, such as a favorite toy or a visit from grandma.