Monday, November 24, 2008

So I Had Planned This Lesson But A Child Ask to Present Her Lesson Instead and So I Just Sat Back and Took Photos

Not often, but every now and then, I get bumped in the que of lesson giving. Today, was one of those times. First, Patti gave a wonderful presentation on Turkeys. She asked the students to guess how many types of turkeys there are. The answer was eight. She made in advance a wonderful set of matching cards using images of the eight types of turkeys. She did a great job making the cards and presenting them to the children. They were immediately used after her lesson.

I had planned on presenting a lesson to the older children on making potholders using a metal frame, cloth loops and a small hook. When I placed the materials on the floor in front of me, Zoe, a kindergarten student, declared she was familiar with the materials but used them not for making potholders but to finger knit scarves and other items.

I told her that I had planned a lesson on making potholders and that when I was finished giving my lesson she could give one of her own on finger knitting. She answered stating, "Miss Dyer, you always present lessons first. Can't I go first this time." I immediately felt a calmness come over me as I knew what I had to do. "I invite you to present your lesson first, Zoe. I will do mine after." She grinned at me from ear to ear and began demonstrating and teaching the other children how to use the cloth loops to finger knit. Soon, Meaghan got the hang of it and before I knew it had the beginnings of a scarf stretched across her hand.

Zoe was patiently attempting to assist all of the children learn her lesson. She was so patient and so good at verbally describing which steps to do next. I heard her say, "Don'think about making a scarf today. Think about learning the steps, teaching your hand." Wow!

By the time the morning bell rang, all of the cloth loops were used.

The head of my school bought some more later on in the day. By tomorrow at least two children - Meaghan and Zoe, will leave my class with homemade scarves wrapped around them.

Today Patti and I saw a small, independent group of children share knowledge and abilites. It was a pretty impressive sight. My only question is whether or not Zoe or Meaghan will find time to teach me how to finger knit. "May I have a lesson, please."


N from the Learning Ark said...

I love it when things like that happen in class. Thanks for sharing that lovely experience. Is there anyway you can tell us how she did the finger knitting?

Susan Y. Dyer said...

I am still hoping for a

Susan Dyer