Do you find you have old notes you jotted down during training sessions or conferences? I’m not sure why I’ve kept so many, but I dug up some notes I took from a Primary Teacher Information night that we held when I was the Primary Secretary in 2005.
As they’re still relevant for teachers and for use in Sharing/Singing Time, I have included them below.
Sis Shamala Madison said…
Be positive when you teach. Use positive language when talking to the children such as “happy”. “I’m happy because you’re being sensible. Praise them when they are doing the right thing.
Use “I messages…”
“I” messages usually consist of three parts:
- letting the child know which behaviours are unacceptable without blaming or judging
- letting the child know how the behaviour is affecting others and/or the adult
- letting the child know how the adult (or others) are feeling
e.g. “it scared me (adults feeling)
when I see you running inside (what’s happening)
because you may slip over and hurt yourself (the reason)
*these can be used in any order.
“I” messages focus the child’s attention on the consequence of their behaviour without making them feel bad/worse.
Sis Libby Allen provided the following information:-
Check the environment. Is the lighting good? Is there too much background noise? Do a mental check…is everything okay?
Have a positive attitude. Be cheerful. Aim to make every lesson be the best one ever.
Be firm, friendly and fair. Have boundaries. Be their friend without losing their respect. Be childlike, not childish.
Pitch the lesson to the right level of the children.
Pay attention to your voice level. Are you too loud? Too high pitched? Too soft?
Use a variety of teaching methods.
Be an example for the children. Be polite, never sarcastic.
If the children know the boundaries, they will take greater care.
Have class rules. “Listen to others, treat others with respect, treat Heavenly Father’s house as we should” etc.