By helping the class, I have learnt a variety of teaching methods. I reckon that the group study is a wise way to teach different levels of students and make the students engaged. For example, to help students with Chinese characters and reading, we could divide students into 4 groups, group 1 can practice the Chinese character recognition with the newspaper, group 2 read the books with the CD player, group 3 write the Chinese characters with sugar or sand and group 4 follow the teacher to review what they have learnt recently. Then students rotate. By this way, students are more concentrate and small group make them focus more.
We have got the chances to observe other grade levels and classes to learn more about different teaching methods and classroom management.
Recently, we have been working on how to help students reflect. In our classroom, we have an area named “time out” chairs to help students to be reflective. If a student can’t follow the direction, doing what they are not supposed to do in the class, interrupting etc, they need to take a break on the “time out” chair.
What can the teacher do? Help them being reflective by asking questions. For example, Why do you go to “time out” chair? What do you think over there? What will you do when you come back the class?
For American kids, they have their own choices to pick the books they like for reading. Parents and teachers focus on helping kids to get a habit of reading everyday. Of course, they have a reading test which help teachers divide students into different reading levels before they get into a new grade. So kids can pick the books within their levels. The reading mode they have been using is quite different from China ones.
Recently, we assistant teachers have chances to observe different classes , which is a great opportunity for us to learn more about teaching methods and classroom management. I found that every teacher has different style for teaching and managing even though they are applying the same education system. Cool.
Happy Chinese New Year! For celebrating the Spring Festival, the school ran a performance and the culture stations like craft, Chinese food, Chinese games etc. for all the staff, parents and kids. In my class, we kids did some crafts like red envelope to experience Chinese culture.