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ERIC Number: ED178174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Teaching Young Children.
Seifert, Kelvin
In 1978, a kindergarten teacher and a university teacher at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, traded jobs. The story of the university teacher's experience in the kindergarten classroom is told in this compilation of monthly newsletter materials. The story begins with thoughts about preparing to teach and ends with a review of lessons learned from the experience. The topics discussed include establishing routines, meeting parents, field trips, children's friendships, winter clothing, noise and Eclipse Day, to second language learning children and needing love. Significant behavior of individual children is identified and reflected upon in several of the sections. Topics are never considered in the abstract, but grow out of the teacher's experience of the needs and behavior of the young children in the classroom environment. For example, the section on children's friendships addresses the problem of coping with children's rejections of classmates. Lessons learned from the experience are (1) children need physical activity, but school is often poorly equipped to allow for it, (2) some children are desperately worried about acceptance from their peers, (3) some children must test their dominance vis-a-vis other children, (4) assessing and assisting children's language is important, but extremely difficult in a classroom. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada