"Success is never final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."
With all the academic demands from Common Core to a newly implemented math program, I want my students have to courage to try and to continue enjoying their education while allowing an outlet of play time.
My 1st graders delight in learning.
They are readers, writers, mathematicians, explorers and problem-solvers. They are learning how to build their character by sharing, helping, caring and valuing one another.
They are a group of diverse learners. My class consists of students who English Language Learners, students with autism, and some of tend to learn a little faster than others, however we are learning to recognize those differences and appropriate them.
My school is a larger community of students with a growth mindset to learn from mistakes and persevere through difficult moments to achieve academic success.
As a new teacher, I came to first grade with the love of teaching but little resources. Every Friday, at the end of the day, I award my students with P.A.T. time (preferred activity time). Students look forward to this time all week. This is their opportunity to choose an activity of their choice, (student lead), allowing them to do what they do best, learn through play.
All my years with working with children, I have found that the classic Legos are always in demand. Students have the opportunity to be creative. They can learn to build, collaborate, explore and simply have fun together. I have always being astonished at what they have created collectively or individually.
The donations will improve my classroom because it will give my students something to look forward to; just as adults look forward to relaxing and/or socializing at the end of a long work week.
Playing with Legos at the end of demanding academic week will also change their lives, because who knows what these children will one day become, engineers and architects?
Moreover, the first time I introduced P.A.T. time, some students asked, "Which cabinet can we find the Legos?" Sadly, I said none.
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