Today, the JK students continued to investigate during Centre time with their math sorting activities. What was most compelling with this activity for Sophia and her partner was that they not only ‘sorted’ the animals, but created the two different habitats of ‘land’ and ‘water’. This was a two-tiered understanding and one that was rather sophisticated in their thinking and application.
Not only does this demonstrate the understanding of the concept of ‘sorting,’ but the girls involved in this creation were also able to create and design using prior knowledge of the world surroundings.
The JK students gathered on the carpet to discuss and share their findings concerning the JK unit of interest about the harvest and tomatoes. The children were asked the following simple question: ‘What did you learn about tomatoes?’
The thought and meaningful discussion that ensued is by far ‘not simple’, but rather a complex learning and retrieving experience for our JK boys and girls!
Why is it important to allow children opportunities for uninterrupted opportunities to talk amongst themselves?
In a classroom, there are certainly times for teaching, but times for listening are also important. When we listen, we can learn so much from young minds.
As teachers and parents we want our children to be successful in learning, and knowing when to step into children’s conversations can be challenging. We often jump in too quickly to seek or provide information, when really there is so much to be learned by simply listening. We feel the need to teach, yet, when we listen attentively without interrupting, we are indeed teaching.
Active listening allows children to feel worthy, appreciated and respected. When we listen, we foster the skill in others, by acting as a role model for positive and effective communication.