Five Minute Friday: Share

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My classroom is set up so that children learn to share. Pencils, erasers, rulers and glue sticks are stored at the writing centre, as are scissors and markers. At the beginning of the year, I am constantly reminding the children to share with those at their table. Now, however, they are used to not having their own and have learned to wait for their turn to use the grey marker, or even the glue stick.

I believe that sharing is an important skill for the children to learn. Even as an adult, I have had to share. I share a room with my husband, a home with my family, resources with fellow teachers. As a child I was taught to share and that skill has enabled me to share with others in my adult life.

Sharing is not easy for everyone. Many children come into school (especially those with no siblings) with no understanding of what it means to share. The teacher guides the young one gently into the understanding and skill set of taking turns and letting others use what they want. Teaching sharing is not easy and often leads to crying and a child’s disappointment. And yet those who share have friends because these children are able to collaborate with others.

Sharing refers not only to physical things such as a toy, markers, or a glue stick. Sharing refers as well to ideas. Older children are expected to learn how to share ideas; and adults are expected to know this skill. And yet I have found that many adults hug their thoughts to themselves and are not willing to share their ideas and methods. The result? A lack of collaboration and a mockery of the word “teamwork”.

Each day that I help children learn how to share, I hope that I am helping them to become adults that share. I believe that if adults share, great things can be done.

What is your experience of sharing as an adult?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: share)

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23 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Share

  1. Colline, I love how intentional you are about teaching your students to share. And you’re so right. As adults, we are expected to share ideas, but so often we don’t, for one reason or another. When we keep ideas to ourselves, we deny others the chance to grow. And we stifle our own growth.

    Great post!

    I’m visiting from FMF today. I’m in the #4 spot. 🙂

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  2. I agree that sharing is such an important lesson for children to learn. It’s not always easy but it really equips them for life as an adult if they learn this while they are young. I like how you are setting things up to deliberately teach them this.

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  3. I think you are right on with the importance of sharing. It is a skill that needs to be taught at an early age; however, many parents don’t bother to teach them this skill. They leave it up to the teachers.

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    1. Many things are left to the teachers in modern society and we do our best. Unfortunately skills such as sharing and cooperation are best learned if they are reinforced at home.

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  4. This is so right…sharing is a skill that needs to be taught. I don’t think it’s in human nature to instinctively share, it’s an attitude we have to develop and actively practice. I don’t see a lot of great sharers in the adult world. There’s that whole scarcity attitude — if I don’t hold onto it then there won’t be enough for me. I think if more people embraced the idea that there’s enough for all of us then the world would be a much better place…

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    1. I agree with you. I always get the sense that people of an older generation shared more – their time, their knowledge, their skills. I think in today’s society the ‘self’ is seen to be more important than the community.

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