I learned early in my 20+ year career as an educator, that how I taught was so much more important than what I taught. My experiences convinced me that children that were given opportunities to ask questions, to investigate and to relate their new knowledge to their everyday lives, resulted in more attentive, positive and independent students.
Once you teach in a way that matches the way kids learn, it’s easier to have captivated students, and it’s also easier to get kids to take actions, like participating in math or reading or writing activities.
My intention is to help you focus your students on investigating topics by nurturing a sense of wonder in your classrooms, that lead to your students asking questions, exploring, experimenting, problem-solving, and recording their new knowledge.
I’ve always loved interacting with young children and appreciate the way they learn, their inquiring minds and the questions they ask. I enjoy their innate curiosity, their ability to live in the present, and their spontaneous and fresh way of expressing their knowledge. I’ve been inspired by an inquiry-based learning approach for many years and have tried to incorporate it when educating children, writing a blog post or creating learning plans.
I live in BC, Canada and am a BC Ministry of Education certified teacher with a BEd degree. I’ve completed Web and Print Design certification programs and numerous art courses. If you would like regular updates of blog posts, go to http://www.kindergarten-lessons.com and join the mailing list. I also post (sporadically!) on my art website. http://www.patriciabentham.com
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