Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Learn about your students inside and outside of the classroom

If a doctor does know how your body works, he/she can help repair it.

Learning about the things that our students and their families face is just as important as teaching them.

We cannot teach a student if one, we don’t understand how they learn, and what types of challenges affect the way they learn.

Carroll, Springfield’s Child Advocate does just that; she participates in a panel discussion about childhood poverty.

“The seven-member panel outlined many of the critical issues facing Springfield children, including chronic hunger, deep-rooted poverty, child abuse, inadequate health care and the lack of access to quality housing, childcare and early educational experiences.”

If we are aware of these challenges we could fully understand why some of our students behave the way that they do. Why students ask for second and third helpings during lunch time, why they fall asleep during circle time and why they can’t focus on their lessons.

We could use our resources to help the parents get what they need for their children. But we can’t do that if we don’t know what kinds of resources are available in our community.

Working with these organizations can also extend our knowledge on what is really needed, since we are getting the information first hand.

When my son was younger, I took him to a Church Christmas stocking charity which helped families in need during the holiday season. I wanted him to understand that his life and the things that he received, was something that not every child received for Christmas.

But I was the one that learned a lesson; as we stuffed the stockings with underwear I mentioned that it would not be enough since the bag only consist of 3 pair, the person in charge said “we have to split them up so everyone would get something.” I replied, “But what will they do for the remaining days?” I honestly did not understand what they would do without them. My sister replied, “They would make do.” That experience stayed with me, we might think we understand what goes on in our communities and in the world, because we see it on television or read about it in the newspaper, but we really don’t know; at least I didn't.

Being knowledgeable about what goes on in our communities and throughout the world would make us more aware of what is needed to improve our Early Childhood structure in and out of the classroom.


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