I am one of them: Thoughts …


So why did I apply for the Global Teacher Price?
Reading about the outstanding projects of the other candidates, I need to admit, that I do not have such a big project – yet (except my little bookshop). I am “JUST” a teacher. Sitting in a wheelchair and still being a happy and positive person has an immense impact on students without even needing to talk about it. I represent a cause – just  being me.
Teachers don’t have to ‘be perfect’ and do big projects in order to be an important and positive role model to their students. But it is the way they show their students how to handle difficulties, destiny and fate, which is why role models similar to me, have a positive and horizon widening impact within the microcosm of a school.
In a world where perfectionism seems the major key to success, with countless ‘Instagram’ and ‘Social Media’ stars, imperfection seems redundant, but this does not reflect the majority in our society.
Sincerely
Chris

 

Combinations

Where to start in Geometry? What age is the right one? How much does one need to pay attention to language? Again I think that children can and need to be trained in their visual understanding and additionally one can add the right words to what they see and obsreve. The earlier they learn to be able to express what is in front of them the better it is.

I see it now in the last year of elementry and in the first years of secondary how hard it is ti express properly and clearly what they see and most of all, what they have to do or are doing. SO language is essential and will help them to describe and explain…

If you can explain it, you know how to do it…

THINK INTERDISCIPLINARY 🙂

 

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Storytelling

Like I mentioned yesterday, I was following a workshop by Priscilla Howe, on storytelling. It was very nice and I want to share with you her link and give you some informatin on what she talked about. One topic I really liked was the Imagination Game.

Magic Box:

Take an empty box with a lid. Open it secretively, and explain that something is happening in the box. Begin with something silly, such as “Oh! I see two chickens playing football in here. The crowed is going wild. The turtle just stole the ball and made a goal.”

Pass the box to the next person and ask what is going on in the box. does not have to be the same story.

It is a fun activity and I recommend it for elementary/primary children from 6 years onwards

More information about Priscilla Howe you find on

http://www.priscillahowe.com/

http://storytellingnotes.blogspot.com/

Websites on storytelling

http://www.storynet.org

http://www.timesheppard.co.uk

http://www.aaronshep.com/storytelling/index.html

http://storyarts.org/

http://www.storyteller.net

Imagination

The 2nd plane child is interested in how the world came to be.

We give them the keys to their imagination.

The child can use this imagination to reconstruct the past, see the present and visualize the future. He/She can identify the mistakes that have been made and give possibility for correction.

The information given needs to be clear and limited to what is essential. It needs to be related to their interest in life, their questions and their seeking intellects.

It all should give a vision of creation and the human kind.

Examples of humans that personify compashion and serenity in their efforts to change the course of time, should be given as much as possible. It is important to appeal to the spirit of the child and not just the senses.

All this information, lessons, stories and facts are told to give keys for the child’s own exploration.

Montessori called this

“giving the seeds to be sown”