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A FEW THOUGHTS ON TEACHING!

I became a teacher because I had excellent relationships with those that taught me in both primary school and high school. Their ability to engage and connect with me made me realize that teaching was what I wanted to do as a career when I had the opportunity to do so. Teachers guided me and counselled me when I was experiencing the typical adolescent dilemmas. They encouraged me to excel and find my passions and interests as I became a young adult. I remember them not for the curriculum they taught me but for the life lessons that they helped me learn.

My philosophy is very much centered on these experiences I had with my teachers as a child. I believe that children continually go through developmental stages in their lives where they need discipline, guidance and support. Teaching is not all about delivering curriculum or information but connecting to engage them to make personal decisions that encourage their own growth and development.

I have learned that initially my methods were…

Sensory Motor Regulatory Patterns

THESE WONDERFUL ACTIVITIES WERE SENT TO ME BY: Author: Bill Nason,LLP
Sensory Motor Regulatory PatternsPurpose:Calm and organize nervous systemPromote emotional attunementEstablish “facial gazing” and “emotion sharing”Establish adult as soothing support when distressed.Use very simple interactive activities, such as peek-a boo, “I am going get you”, rocking back and forth, sandwiching/squishing with bean bag, etc. that provides repetitive, rhythmic interaction patterns.Sit (stand) face to face, at eye level, with close physical contact.This allows you to regulate activity, keep child focused, and encourages facial gazing.Add rhythmic singsong or chatting (like “row, row, row your boat”) to the rhythmic pattern.This uses your voice, touch, and facial expression to engage the child.Use exaggerated gestures, animated facial expressions, and exciting vocal noises to engage the child, establish facial gazing, and share enjoyment.Your primary objective is to establish facial gazing so that t…