I'd love to know how everyone works with kids who love to teach!
You know, the kids in the class or at home who always have more to add to the conversation. Or the ones who bring in books that connect with what they are learning in science or history.
Do you encourage this in the classroom? How to you keep them from dominating the conversation?
What about in a homeschool situation - what strategies do you use to help them focus their information/sharing?
If my students bring something from home that connects to classroom learning I celebrate it and of course we share it with the rest of the group, because making those connections is precisely what I want to encourage. It shows the student is seeing the bigger picture and finding other contexts where the learning applies.
Some students do tend to dominate discussions and that has its pluses and minuses. On the one hand they are eager to participate but on the other hand, they don't give others a chance. I've noticed with many younger children that if an idea pops into their mind, it immediately pops out of their mouths. Self regulation takes longer for some children to develop than others, and my role as an educator is to help gently guide them to an understanding that taking turns and waiting to share an idea benefits themselves as well as the rest of the group.
If a child has leadership skills and can help others, there are generally always opportunities to allow them to be the expert and teach or tutor others. That might not be during a circle/discussion time, but it could be. For instance....when my son was in fifth grade his teacher would often have him explain how he worked out a math problem to the class because she said the kids often related to his kid friendly explanations better than hers. My son is a bit shy and it definitely boosted his self confidence.
My other son often finishes his work before other students and he loves helping other students that are having challenges and need help. It makes him happy to help his friends and classmates. And the teachers really appreciate it too.
Hi, I recently wrote a blog post about printmaking and various ways a die press can be used in the classroom. I'd like to share my art teacher tip for Tuesday, so here's the link to my blog post: