Change

In the same way I wake up on Tuesdays, excited it is yoga day I am beginning to look forward to Saturdays when the new #kinderblog challenge word is posted. This week the word is “Change.” Hmmmmm….. Let’s think about that one all week. Originally, I wanted to write about how our Kindergarten team time has changed due to a district-wide journey to become a professional learning community. Creating team NORMS (a written commitment we made to each other to assure our collective success) and using a written agenda to keep the focus on students and learning have changed the way we work together. This change in the way we behave when we are together has helped us to stay on task and get more accomplished. As we all know, there is never enough time to do everything, but an agenda helps us prioritize and constantly move forward with decisions that are best for students and learning. Facilitating this change has provided me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills within my team and building.

But….the change I’d really like to reflect on in this post is the perception that children have changed so drastically in the past 27 years of teaching. How often do you hear from colleagues that kids have changed? Schools have changed. Teaching is different than it use to be. Well, yes to all the above! Our whole world has changed! I’ve had to learn right along with my students how to use a computer and the internet, an Iphone, a copy machine (Remember the old hand crank blue line masters?), Twitter, and now add blogging to the list. There is one thing however, that has not changed a bit and that is a five-year old. Kindergarten still is and always will be…

Working and playing together.
Respecting the rights of others.
Being a good listener.
Expressing one’s self.
Following directions.
Developing good work habits.
Completing assigned tasks.
Keeping work area clean.
Working as part of a group.
Using a variety of materials.
Sharing.
Developing an interest in books.
Improving fine and gross motor skills.
Increasing attention span
Using new vocabulary words.
Using math in everyday situations.
Making school an enjoyable experience.

With the lazy summer days creeping toward August and thoughts of starting another school year, I couldn’t be happier that SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.

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