Teachable Moments; Hands-On Interactivity the Key for This Teacher Kindergartners Need Continual Engagement to Learn, She Believes

By McDaniel, Kelli | The Florida Times Union, January 6, 2013 | Go to article overview

Teachable Moments; Hands-On Interactivity the Key for This Teacher Kindergartners Need Continual Engagement to Learn, She Believes


McDaniel, Kelli, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Kelli McDaniel

Francis Christian is dedicated to providing an environment filled with interaction and stimulation to instill her everyday lessons into the minds of her kindergarten students at Pinedale Elementary School.

Her classroom is stuffed with interactive activities designed to help the children with their reading and learning skills. Christian believes that hands-on activities create effective learning results for children.

Young students need almost constant interaction to stay on task, she said. So it's no surprise that her classroom is rarely quiet and still. Instead, Christian starts off the day with a variety of songs, allowing the children to dance and sing along.

Christian makes learning fun, but there is an important reason behind each lesson.

"Her methods of teaching are all research-based, and strategically well-planned lessons help students to be more successful," said Principal Alicia Hinson.

On one recent morning, after finishing a story about scuba divers and the ocean, Christian gave the children the opportunity to observe and touch actual scuba equipment. One student was allowed to put on the wet suit, diver vest, flippers and mask to experience what it would be like to dive in the sea.

It's one of many ways, Hinson said, that Christian brings life into learning.

Once the reading lesson is over, her students report to different activity centers around the room. The lesson is usually incorporated into each center, where students rotate between working with brightly colored letters, additional reading and using the computers.

At one of the centers, students used a computer reading program called Mimio that is equipped with games and activities to help build the children's reading skills. Christian tries to incorporate other technology in her classroom, too. Mimio has an application that will project an interactive image on Christian's white board, which, she said, makes for even more hands-on learning. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Teachable Moments; Hands-On Interactivity the Key for This Teacher Kindergartners Need Continual Engagement to Learn, She Believes
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.