This week’s discussion is going to ask you to think about how you respond to a child who is asking you for support with an activity they are working on. As teachers, it can be difficult for us to decide how to support a child in a way that is going to meet their needs. Do we provide them with an example? or Do we provide them with suggestions, guidance and questions? As you read in the textbook this week, this is going to be dependent on the child and their development. Some children will need more guided support. It is important to consider how you can support that child without doing the work for them. It can be a balancing act but the more you observe your children, the easier it will be to provide the appropriate support.
For this discussion please pick one of the following examples and answer the question:
How will you respond to this child? You response should be more than a yes or no. Please be specific about what you would say to the child.
- Robert has used playdough to make all of the parts of a dog: a body, four legs, and a head. He is having trouble firmly connecting the parts so the dog will stand up. He asks you, “Will you fix my dog for me?”
- Rebecca tells you, “I want to paint a butterfly. Will you help me?”
- Masayo is making a tall tower with blocks. She has been working to connect two towers with a bridge. Each time she tries, the towers fall over. Masayo looks at you and asks, “Can you make it work?”