Being a HelperPurpose•How children learn•Recognize and value difference•Explore the role of ParentHelpers
To learn children need•A reason to learn•Active involvement•Demonstrations and modelling•Activity based learning•Opportunities for repetition andreinforcement•Opportunities for practising•Efforts to be praised
Learning StylesVisual learnersAuditory LearnersKinaesthetic Learners•Learn by doing and moving
What does being a helper mean?Assisting under the direction of the teacher byworking with small groups of children providinga role model for learning.Your support ensures that children remain ontask while teachers work with other groups.Valuable partnerships are formed.
How to help learning•Support and encourage children bypraising their efforts.•Demonstrate and modelappropriately.•Ask for help when you are not sure.•Encourage children to stay on task.
Please be aware of making judgements at all times.All children can learn.Children have different learning styles.Children learn at different rates and have different needs.Retain confidentiality.The privacy of both children and parents must be respected atall times.Do not mention the names of children and teachers withwhom you are working in front of your own children or otherparents. Children can easily be hurt by apparently harmlessremarks by their peers or other children.
As your children’s first teacher you havealready taught them by to speak andlisten by•Expecting them to speak•Providing models of how spokenlanguage works•Demonstrating how to listen•Supporting their attempts with praise
You can support children by•Asking open ended questions•Pausing and waiting for answers•Giving prompts•Rephrasing while supporting attempts•Being an active listener•Offering praise
Open ended questions require morethan one word to answer.Five W’s and a HWho, what, when, where and how?
Asking open ended questions.How will you make.........?What happened after .......... ?List all of the .......How did ......... ?Tell be ........Think of all the .........How many ways can you .......... ?Suppose that ..........What would you say if ........?Why is ........?How did you feel when ..........?What makes you say that?How interesting .........
•Pause and wait for answers. Allow forthinking time.•Give prompts-give a hint to encourage aresponse.•Be an active listener-watch the speaker.Don’t interrupt. Use facial expressions nod,smile to encourage the speaker anddemonstrate that you are listening.•Offer praise, use encouraging words. I likethe way that you ............