Learn How To Print Letter H For Kids
Language Arts For Kids
Learn how to print letter H and connect printing letter H with pictures and words with Elliot and myABCdad Learning for Kids.
myABCdad Learning for Kids Reflections
What do mistakes look and sound like?
Whether in a classroom or at home, I often bang on about embracing mistakes. But what does that look and sound like in practise?
Mistakes can be quite powerful hinderances to learning. Throughout my career as a teacher, the affect of mistakes on children was regularly not brilliant. In some cases, the child would close off or shut down completely. Getting them back on track always proved challenging. Even for Elliot, there are times when I am thinking or even encouraging him not to worry, but it is far easier for me to say as the adult. Children are making many mistakes for the very first time. If we want children to learn from mistakes and move past them, then it is important for children to observe positive reactions from the adults in their lives. In my experience of making far too many mistakes, it boils down to how we model reactions to our own that matters.
During our visit with the letter H, I make two glorious mistakes. Elliot picks up on the first, pointing out that instead of printing a lower case letter in a couple of instances, I print the upper case version. Then, after circling best efforts, I forget to swap our work back before gluing on the pictures and words of letter H examples. In both occasions, my coffee was cold, but aside from that we carried on. What’s more, we did not stop the video, or start again. Instead we had a laugh and chalked it up as no big deal.
For me, I need to remember to have a steaming, hot cup of coffee beside me throughout. For Elliot, however, he gets to bank the experience. I do not know how deeply my reaction or approach will have sunk in for him, but at least it adds to the positive approaches encountered. Perhaps the next time he makes a mistake, the ship only wobbles instead of sinking.
In the end, I am quite chuffed that I did react in a positive way to my blunders. Now, I need to bank this experience and repeat positive approaches again and again, so that Elliot can continue to watch and learn.
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