All entries for January 2012
January 16, 2012
When watching the two clips of the different reader’s it was apparent to me that the second reading was better. I felt that their was more expression in their voice with good facial and hand gestures in order to help with the understanding of the book. The book was almost being acted out. I also felt the pace of the reading was quick but not too fast so that you couldn’t understand what was going on, this helped for a free flowing pace.
My own philosophy on reading is that it should not be a chore but should be enjoyable and should enable the imagination to run wild. With story telling you have the responsibility to entertain an audience in the same way a comedian for example does. The tone of voice and emphasis on characters different characteristics is crucial to help with understanding and enjoyment. Reading itself is a vital part of life and needs a strong focus from the early years. It can be a great way of gathering information and acquiring knowledge. The written word for centuries has been the way information or knowledge is passed on through generations and needs to be recognised as a very important part of life. It is for these reasons that to be included in everyday life children need to realise the importance of reading and understand that it is an empowering ability.
Storytelling is about children listening to stories which are 'told' to them. It is most commonly used in Literacy within school however can be used in other subjects to help with learning objectives. e.g See my blog post about The Little Bear and how i used the book in Science.
Storytelling can be extremely enjoyable for children for many reasons, these include the books being funny or exciting in telling an intriguing story. To continue the books may have interesting charachers which may draw the children in along with interesting pictures which may interest the children. Finally the books may have a good story line which will capture the childrens imagination about what may happen at the end of the book. With this also children will gain a sense of anticipation about what will happen so will be eager to listen to find out.
However for the children to fully enjoy the book then the teacher much possess several skills. I believe the teacher needs to have a clear expressive voice in which the children are interested and excited by. To continue I feel it enhances the read passage if the reader tries to get into the roles of the different characters and tries to change their voice and tone in accordance. This will not only help with the children differentiating between characters but will also make the story more enjoyable. Finally I feel it is vital good eye contact is made with the children.
Story telling can be vital for children's learning in that it will help with their reading and writing skills which they can then transfer into their literacy work. Story telling can also help with children's imagination skills in that they can think about what is happening in the book and what may happen at the end. Finally many stories have a moral to them and by reading these stories and getting the children to understand the meaning of them this can help with morality in the future.
January 05, 2012
From my second Placement at Goodyers End School in Bedworth, in Year 2, I found it interesting that the class teacher aimed to hear each child read every week. She used a plan whereby 5 children per day she would hear read to help their development and track progress. Whilst I was at the school I also helped listen to readers and looked at children’s reading diaries to assess how much they had been doing at home. I found myself competent in this area and enjoyed listening to the children read. I asked lots of questions about the passages read to try and improve children’s understanding of what they were reading. I found it encouraging that there was definitely a strong push at the school to develop children’s reading from an early age to help them in the future.
My own personal reading to the class I believe had developed greatly from PP1; I believe my voice was clear and expressive during the passages that I read out to the class. One book in particular called ‘The little Bear’ in which I used to help introduce the Light and Dark topic in Science I believe was a huge success. The book was about a little bear that couldn’t sleep because it was too dark so the father bear had to help him by explaining light and dark. The children enjoyed the book and there was a real anticipation and silence in the class as I read on. After I had finished I asked the children to share with each other their thoughts on light and dark before moving on to discussing types of light in every day life.
I believe as the placement went on I grew in confidence with my reading ability, expression and eye contact with the class. I also feel that my loud tone of voice also helps with my reading in the classroom.
I have just reviewed your Science Lesson during my lunch. Probably not ideal to eat and read but I enjoyed the lesson plan and think the children would find it amusing and enjoyable. I think the idea of using different materials and asking them to think of other materials they could use is very good. I also like that you have given them a method of recording their results and given them clear guidlines as to what to do.
One way that I feel that you could adapt the lesson is to ask children to make predictions before about which material they think would work the best at plugging the hole in the boat.
Hope this helps and hope your placement has been a success.
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