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.
To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis