Literacy in the KA classroom

Literacy in the KA classroom This has been an exciting year for me as a teacher. For one thing I am on my tenth year of teaching children and another reason is that I have completely revamped my approach towards teaching literacy to my kindergarten students.

As with anything, teachers have a “burn out” period where they need to either change what they are doing or get out of the classroom. I saw this as a growing “stepping stone” if you will and decided to change the way children learn. Teach smarter, not harder is my phrase this year.

My students are now participating in what is called the Daily 5 literacy program developed by two teachers from the United States. I am able to incorporate not only our school’s current literacy curriculum but support individually 17 students in both the areas of reading and writing.

I first learned of this program last spring when a colleague who taught at SIS last year presented during our in-house professional development day. I was completely blown away in what I had seen and heard and was in disbelief that I too could see such results in my own classroom. Not because I did not believe her as a teacher but that kindergarten, of all age levels, could accomplish this and much more.

I began this year with introducing each of the rotations to the students as well as practicing daily the routines and within a month and a half from starting school the children were able to work independently through reading, writing, working with words, listening to reading and reading to a friend.

Now everyday, when I come in to work with the students I am so excited, energized, and amazed to see what accomplishments my KA students are doing.

During our upcoming spring break, I will be presenting to other teachers from all over Asia on this very same topic. I am so excited about the changes but more impressed with the results my children are producing.

I am happy to continue to grow as an educator and have the option to do it here at SIS.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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