If the learner has not learned, then the teacher has not taught.
What does it mean to learn something? How do we know children are learning? We have heard much about learning styles and multiple intelligences, yet far too many early childhood classrooms cater to the visual and auditory learners. Many young children need learning to happen with their whole bodies. Wise and intuitive teachers use the reported sighting of a bumblebee on the playground as a springboard for learning. They find ways for the children to see, hear, move, and be like a bumblebee. Instead of screeching and fear of being stung, teachers lead the children into discovery about this creature, helping them study it and begin to understand it. “Flight of the Bumblebee” can become a playground dance favorite. There is so much to learn. It takes a wise teacher to really teach.
In loving memory of Gryphon House author Leanne Grace, MEd, we are sharing pieces of her inspirational writing every Wednesday. Leanne was the director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers and a lifelong advocate for early childhood education. She inspired the early childhood community to prepare children as lifelong learners with her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. One person can make a difference, and Leanne did just that. She will be sorely missed.