Playing At Play: The Key To Building Confidence
Kids are naturally inquisitive and so are their teachers. They seek to learn from each other’s experience and lack of it, no matter the age. While this suggests opportunity and growth, it can also be overwhelming and inhibiting for teachers, especially new ones. To help them develop expertise, teachers sometimes reach out to the recess scene for new ideas.
One way to build up new teachers’ confidence is by sharing a look into a different perspective, encouraging them to come to school earlier, or to using social media such as Instagram to exchange lessons and ideas. For example, a powerful insight you might be able to offer new educators is to turn Monster playtime in your school’s Monster Club into a productive, informative and purposeful experience. Monster Club is a rough and tumble outdoors play session for kids at recess, but what if you made it a vehicle to teach and deliver information?
What it is:
After each Monster Club, bring a pile of scrap books filled with information about what you gathered during each play session and create a big map of what you learned. Your child will get to see your growing knowledge base and have a safe space to share their understanding with one another.
Tracking Is Easy
Keeping track of facts and learning from each other’s knowledge helps build up a relationship of mutual trust. In turn, everyone will be more motivated to help each other learn the ways, techniques and basic answers they weren’t aware of. This is proven to make kids more comfortable with the knowledge they have, encouraging them to keep learning through exploration and collaboration.
Why it Matters:
Knowing and understanding new information gets kids ready for school. School is not only a place where they learn the basics of reading, writing and math, but also how to communicate effectively with others. Their inquisitiveness will encourage them to carry the experience home with them, helping them to develop the necessary communications skills they need to succeed in school and life.