Following the child

It’s so easy to fall into the trap and take over what you think the child should be learning.  My tiny classroom is my control of error.  When I tried to impose on each child what I thought he/she should learn, there are signs to remind me I’m doing something wrong. Resistance. Subtle unpeaceful behaviour.  In my own dd, whining and tantrums.  Going for CGS training (Level 1 part 1 again!) was a wonderful reminder of why I am doing what I’m doing as well as a lovely retreat (for the spiritual preparation of the teacher!).  I need to follow the child.  Yesterday and today’s classroom was buzzing with work. Why? Because I followed each child.  I observed what was it they really wanted to learn and looked for areas which needed my support in order for them to get them where they wanted to go, then I stepped back.  Usually, I need to cajole them to “choose their work”.  Today, they were just so eager to get started, whether at the beginning of the day or after lunch.  The air was buzzing with biology.  With chordates and phyla.  Now I just need to learn how to keep that going.

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