Before everyone heads off for Winter Break a quick reflection on kids: their learning and how they transfer the didactic to the practical. A whirlwind of subbing has my mind ablaze with thoughts, ideas and questions. So I continue with My POV meanders.
We sit with our students during whole groups, small groups, peer groups and one on one instruction in the hope that what we discuss, present and teach is understood and integrated into their background information (kid’s schema) of what they know.
We see in social emotional development that transference from one situation to the next is often based on age, experience and the many opportunities to consolidate authentic experiences before children are successful. This is also true in all venues of play from block building to construction manipulatives to navigating the outdoor climbing structures, to riding bikes, swimming and sports. If you’ve seen a youngster trying to traverse those monkey bars at the park, you know what I mean. From resilience to success takes time.
In similar ways numeracy skills learned with hands on materials to “math talks” to application takes time.
In similar ways literacy skills learned with letter sound skills and sight words using various modalities then applied to reading and writing takes time.
As I reflect on what I call the “transference of learning to application,” I wonder how this works for our diverse learners? Is drill and practice an option? How do the programs you have, work with your students? How do we adapt our lessons to meet their needs? We know one size doesn’t fit all, but where is the “give” that’s okay?
The collage of rock climbers are my grandkids. The others are from my kinders a few years ago and a 2nd grade class that I subbed in.