I love learning and totally respect teachers of any kind. But every once in awhile I'll take a class where I feel I might just keel over and DIE Im so bored. There was this one class, biology my first semester of college that was my ultimate worst. Not because the teacher wasn't knowledgeable but because my brain isn't as malleable when it comes to wrapping itself around technical information. The words come out like the teachers speaking in tongues and Im instantly lulled to sleep.
We were washing my dogs bowl out with hot water and Coco made this perfect O shape with her mouth and her eyes were wide watching the steam rising up from the sink. She kept makin this "ahhhh" sound like after you take a refreshing drink of cold water. Her hands were moving through the steam trying to hold onto it. As it made its way to our faces I realized I was witnessing a miracle. She was learning! And it gave me the most magical feeling being able to tell her about it.
Its moments like that that make me really want to go back to school and become a teacher! Here are a few ideas.....
Go outside as much as possible, let kids explore nature
Teach them about how one person can make a difference
Ghandi, Mother Teresa, MLK, Themselves
Wear interesting, funny teacher clothes
Have kids say nice things about each other
do the circle of love
have lots of class pets
show and tell
Celebrate their birthdays, make them feel special all day
Teach them about gratitude
everyday have them write what it is they're greatful for
Host fun activities like theme dances
appreciate their uniqueness
learn their dreams
let them find them
display their artwork
Teach them old school stuff like how to make home made butter and cream like the pioneers
and home made ice cream
make instruments out of recyclables
Have a surprise day, where everything is a surprise!
Paint murals together
take them on service field trips
Celebrate little things like when they loose teeth
encourage them to have big dreams
have read-athon camp outs
kidnap professionals for a day and have kids ask them anything they want
Cook things with them
Bring them treats
Celebrate funny holidays so everyday is a celebration!
Make everyone feel special
Take them on exciting field trips
Meditate with them before tests
Learn math with candy of their choice
Do awesome science projects
Bring them juice boxes and snacks when I read to them
Have children write stories and illustrate them
Let them read their stories to the class.