A Look at Kindergarten
Hawthorne Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma has that kind of teacher in Rosemary Kungu.
|Teacher Rosemary Kungu|
Photo is from a screen capture of a video on the Teaching Channel
Teaching and learning are wonderful experiences that impact the lives of children, families and others. I do appreciate the uniqueness of each child, parents, families, colleagues, and community as a whole. I strive to understand and acknowledge strengths, needs, culture, and diversity of individuals by partnering to build a positive, safe, trusting, respectful, caring, loving and nurturing environment for all.Seeing her inside a classroom actively engaging each student demonstrates that she lives by what she wrote. She encourages each student. Even in a mathematics lesson, she is quick to praise a student who answers in complete sentences. Kindergarten is indeed a huge transition for a child. Casual conversations outside school or even in some popular media take for granted the importance of communicating in complete sentences. Her style of managing the class (in this particular case, 18 young children) allows for various learning activities. A simple lesson on counting takes multiple dimensions in her classroom. Children are introduced to auditory, kinesthetic, spatial, collaboration, visual and musical skills. Hence, various learning styles are explored. Throughout the entire lesson, there is plenty of encouragement and yes, also discipline. Even the "silent clap" is innovative and the children do keep their spots on the rug with very little effort from the teacher. This is truly an engaging classroom. It is great that it is shared on the internet by the Teaching Channel.
Seeing the above video, it may be difficult to imagine that this school is in Oklahoma. But it is. And every school anywhere in the world can follow this example. All it takes is a true commitment to early childhood education. The Philippines can learn a lot from this classroom. The Philippines can learn a lot from this teacher. The Philippines simply must begin listening to the teachers: