Dr. Charlene Kohn, a multi-age primary classroom teacher at Wells Elementary School in Wells, Maine, has wonderfully summed up the approach we should all take to learning and work every day: “Be Kind” and “Do Your Best.”
She also has posted some clear, specific elaboration on what both of these phrases should and do mean for learners in her classroom.
I particularly like the last three lines under, “Do Your Best:”
- If you mess up, don’t get mad. Remember, everyone makes mistakes.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Always try…. and never give up!
I had the pleasure of not only meeting Charlene this morning but also eating a fine breakfast at the Maine Diner with her and other multi-age teaching members of Bob Sprankle‘s educator family at Wells Elementary. What a great way to start the day, and what great reminders from Charlene to us all about the attitudes we should take toward our work and our play!
I also LOVED the encouragement to become a “voracious reader” which was evident in Charlene’s classroom!
She and her teaching partner have hundreds of books in their classrooms for students to enjoy.
It doesn’t take long when you’re in the professional home of a master teacher to know the lucky students in her room are blessed to be enjoying, “the real thing.” Learning with passion and energy… It’s contagious! We need more of it in all our schools!
“The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction” and “The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades” by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser are two books Dr. Kohn enthusiastically recommends. Boushey and Moser are literacy voices we need to heed. I’ve added them to my Amazon Wish List.
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