‘EV­ERY DAY KIN­DER­GARTEN’

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

RENEROSE C. PABLO

For a teacher in this level, the buzz­word has al­ways been “ev­ery day Ki nd er gar t en .”

That is be­cause Kin­der­garten teach­ers have a lot of the same re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of other teach­ers but also have to take into ac­count that many of their stu­dents will be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing school for the first time. They must teach stu­dents ba­sic skills in read­ing and writ­ing in ad­di­tion to show­ing them how to be­have in the class­room and play nicely with oth­ers.

Kin­der­garten teach­ers also need to be able to as­sess where stu­dents are aca­dem­i­cally and emo­tion­ally in or­der to set goals for the class and in­di­vid­ual stu­dents. With the ex­cep­tion of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, art class, or lunch, all lessons are typ­i­cally con­ducted in one cl assr oom .

In be­ing “ev­ery day Kin­der­garten,” teach­ers will start the day early by prepar­ing the day’s les­son and get­ting the class­room ready for stu­dents. She may greet stu­dents and par­ents when they get dropped off and in­struct stu­dents to put their things away upon en­ter­ing the class­room.

The teacher may have stu­dents learn­ing while sit­ting on a rug, or she might take a more hands-on ap­proach to some lessons and have them work in groups at tables, and take the chil­dren out for lunch and re­cess. This gives the teacher time to look at home­work, clean the class­room, and pre­pare for the af­ter­noon lessons.

The Kin­der­garten teacher may have ad­di­tional time to plan lessons while the stu­dents take a nap af­ter re­cess. Af­ter nap time, in­struc­tion re­sumes. Kin­der­garten teach­ers, es­pe­cially in the first few years, will likely have work to do af­ter the stu­dents leave. This can in­clude plan­ning lessons, call­ing par­ents, meet­ing with school ad­min­is­tra­tors, or check­ing home­work.

It’s the life of a Kin­der­garten teacher. It’s ev­ery day Kin­der­garten!

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The au­thor is Teacher I at San Ma­tias El­e­men­tary School, Sta. Rita, Pam­panga

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