Teaching in the Primary Division (Our responsibility as educators (Always…
Teaching in the Primary Division
Recalling my own experiences as a learner in the primary division
Young children are eager to learn and explore.
Appealing to children's interests will motivate them.
Most children, not all, love the opportunity to be creative.
Most children love the opportunity to pursue their talents or interests.
Knowing the Characteristics of the Primary Learner
Children look up to their teacher.
School can be challenging for children if it is their first time away from home.
The Primary Learner is usually curious and eager to learn.
Although they are young, these children can be very passionate and kindhearted towards their peers, animals, and the environment.
Our responsibility as educators
Always model care, respect, trust and integrity
incorporate indigenous knowledge, not only to promote inclusiveness but also to foster love and responsibility for the environment.
Be real with students - we are human. We always try our best, but sometimes we make mistakes. Create an environment where students have the courage to make mistakes.
Realize that we ourselves are lifelong learners. Never be afraid to reach out to colleagues for advice.
Always maintain communication with the parents. Be proactive.
We need to ensure that our teaching is equitable. We need to help students see that fair does not necessarily mean equitable.
The Development of the Primary Learner
Student need to have the opportunity to learn from a variety of people in a variety of different settings.
Students need to have the opportunity for play-based learning, and to see their learning put into real-life context.
Students need to have the opportunity to teach and learn from their peers
Students need to be provided with opportunities to extend their learning.
Students need to have access to a variety of learning manipulative, seating, grouping, and ways of demonstrating their skills and knowledge.