Student Development 2

 

Student Development 2

As I reflect on student development I am focused on how I can use my knowledge of development to inform my teaching strategies and designing my classroom environment.  However, I came across a pamphlet entitled “Making the Case for Educating the Whole Child”. The pamphlet made the point that educating a child goes beyond the content but addresses the needs of the child as a whole.  The child needs to feel safe, healthy, engaged, supported and challenged. They need their physical and social emotional needs to be met as well as their cognitive needs.

I understand that a school setting is not adequate to meet every aspect of the whole child, but it can play an important part in achieving that goal.  My school has an advisory period for which they have given the teachers a curriculum about preventing bullying in school. The topic is very relevant in that their have been several incidents in the school where severe bullying has occurred and students were harmed.  The curriculum has lessons planned with specific activities for the students but I must admit that I have detoured several times from the lessons. The school day is long from 8:30 - 4:15. By the time my advisory class sees me they have been in school for about 6 hours and they are tired.  Sometimes I just play music and allow those who want to to put their heads down.

It’s times like this when I remember that as grown up as they may look, they are just kids and sometimes kids need a nap to recharge.   There is so much going on with them. Their hormones are out of control, they are trying to figure out who they are and what life is about so I understand that sometimes it gets overwhelming.  We sometimes talk about this in advisory and I try to help them come up with ways in which they can destress by slowing down and not always be in a whirlwind. My hope for them is that as they grow they will develop the ability to slow down and reflect.

Reference:

Educating the Whole Child, (2018) retrieved from http://www.wholechildeducation.org/assets/content/mx-resources/WholeChild-MakingTheCase.pdf on 5/4/2018