Saturday, October 3, 2009

Successful Circle Time Techniques for Teachers

 "How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you"- Dan Reiland

You may have heard the term,” make an exciting exit’. The same goes with ending a successful circle time. I never paid much attention to how I ended my own circle times before…but you do enough of them, and you pay attention with careful detail, and come to find out, there is more an 'ending' than just saying, “Hey kids, when you see me getting smaller, I’m walking away, this is not an illusion”. I have had the opportunity to go to many workshops and see many talented teachers at work. Charismatic preschool teachers that have captured the children’s attention; took them on wild adventures all over the room and brought them back to the group gathering again. At the end of the circle time the teacher and the children recalled the adventures they had done. They would think of things they could do for the next circle time-the teacher would even write down some of their ideas and read it back to them. At the end they clapped and cheered for all their efforts. The only way to get comfortable with new and exciting things is to do it. If it doesn’t work-do it again. Change is like pizza to a child, even if it’s bad it’s still pretty good.

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