I’m a huge advocate of technology; however, it would be mad to forget the one thing -well two actually- that consistently engages my pupils every day.... puppets!
I’ve recently moved from a Year 6 class to Year 2. This initially daunting move was made slightly easier by the realisation that KS1 would likely fall for the magic that the puppets were alive... I was wrong! For children to respect the puppets it is important for them to develop a trust. So, I decided to introduce the puppet to them. I retold the story about how we met. However, as I finished the story, one of my boys quite rightly pointed out that the ‘teddy’ on my lap had a hole in the back of its head where I controlled it with my hand.' Caught out by a 6 year old! What next...? As I came back from lunch, the children were just packing away some bits in the classroom due to it being too hot outside - Dubai school problems! That’s when I noticed it. The same child who previously caught me out, now retelling a story of how he knew the puppet and what their relationship was - got ‘em!
Ben Parr has released this short video via Big Think with a focus on the psychology of attention. He identifies three types of attention: immediate, short, and long. To capture someone's attention you have to see these three as stages into a person's subconscious. But how does this translate into the classroom?
As a KS2 teacher, it is surprising how many children move through school struggling to hold a pencil properly which in turn makes developing handwriting and correct letter formation even more challenging. Correcting this early on can set children up to develop their presentation skills and handwriting skills at much more accelerated pace! Here are a few practical ideas to help develop those fine motor skills.