Month: November 2012

Small school, Big Hearts

Small school, Big Hearts

We were invited to an Emirati home and our grandfather explained how the Bedouin tents were traditionally constructed and designed.
We were invited to an Emirati home and our grandfather explained how the Bedouin tents were traditionally constructed and designed.

Socialization is an important element of my classroom.  In today’s world, our relationships are vital to our ability to succeed in the “real world”, and I believe that we must develop a children’s attitudes to learning so they can become role models, not only academically but also behaviorally.

I love it when we reach outside our classroom and into various aspects of our community. Since I live and teach in a village, Liwa, my options are a bit scarce, however I find it even more relevant and necessary to find connections. We have been asking more teachers, students and members of the community to become involved in our learning. Whether we ask them to come in as guest speakers, conduct home visits or invite them to share in our learning, I find that the kids really enjoy the various interactions.

It has been wonderful to see how the community has responded to our requests. We may have a small school, but our community has a heart–a Big Heart–and they love our children and are happy to find ways to encourage and support our littlest of learners.

Here is an example of how we build relationships with other students at school.  In this example, older students are reading with my Kindergarten students with books related to our unit theme.

 

 

Home-School Connections

Home-School Connections

Communicating with parents and caregivers is an important aspect of teaching, because it provides insight and dialogue with families.

I believe that the best way to do this is with the personal touch, with a conversation when a parent comes to school or over the phone. I also like emails, especially since it makes sharing assignments very easy when a child has been absent or if the parent is concerned about the quality of their child’s work.  I also send out frequent newsletters and other communications to help the parent to understand what is going on at school and how they can support the learning at home.

Here are some examples of these general communications:

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Judy Imamudeen

Judy Imamudeen

Developing learners as leaders is my joy! As a highly qualified International Baccaluearate (IB) teacher and educational leader, I am committed and passionate about executing its framework and empowering students in creating a future world that works for everyone.

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