One of the things I love about teaching is getting to know the personalities of the children in my class. From the first day, the journey begins with a simple introduction given by each person to the group. My knowledge of each child begins with simple things such as a favourite colour (mine is purple!), to where a person lives, to what they enjoy doing on the weekend. From week to week, I get to know a little about their family and friends as well as what they enjoy doing during their spare time.
The longer I spend with the children in the classroom, the better I get to know their little quirks. Some wish their work be perfect with every small error erased. Others need some time alone in order to focus on an activity. And others see reading as a chore and not a pleasure. I also learn who lives alone with their mom; who is struggling to accept their parents’ divorce; who does not have electricity at home; who doesn’t have enough money for lunch. These little things help me to to make allowances for the children so that they can be successful with their learning in my classroom.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: purple)
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