Today I attended the Capturing Kids' Hearts workshop (aka The Flippen Group) and had a fun time and learned some better ways in which I can teach. Since I plan on implementing some of these strategies in my classroom in the upcoming school year, I figured it might be a good idea to jot a few ideas down.
One thing about this training that is cool is that the participants are from all over the USA. There are teachers from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Colorado. With only one short day, I feel comfortable with a majority of the class. One thing that helped me to achieve this level of comfort was an activity in which we brought in something that was valuable/important to us and used it for a show and tell session.
Since the upcoming school year we will be implementing an advisor/advisee program I think the idea of a weekly show and/or tell session would be a great way to bring the students together. Not only are you able to learn a lot about one another, but students are able to share that which is important to them.
The reason I put the and/or is because I don't think an object is as valuable as the story told about the object. Obviously, when someone brings in an object it adds to the story, but it should not be mandatory to have in one's possession. I feel that stories can be told about good deeds or other accomplishments that don't provide tangible results.
Another thing that I will be trying to incorporate in my classes is a better sense of caring, compassion, and praise for students in my classes. Too often I can be sarcastic, and forget to include the praise for accomplishments. Since I am not the emotional type of guy, this should be a real challenge for me.