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Classroom Helpers Program<br />Week 1 – March 1st<br />Being a helper<br />Helping with Speaking and Listening<br />Week 2...
Purpose :<br />To help with literacy learning in the early years.<br />What is expected of participants?<br />Attend each ...
Part 1 - Being a Helper<br />Purpose<br />To explore how children learn<br />To recognise and value difference<br />To exp...
To learn, students need...<br />A reason to learn<br />To be actively involved<br />Demonstration and modelling<br />Activ...
Learning Styles<br />Visual learners<br /><ul><li>Learn by seeing</li></ul>Auditory learners<br />- Learn by hearing<br />...
What does being a classroom helper mean?<br />    Assisting in the classroom under the direction of theclassroom teacher b...
Chat to the person next to you...<br />How can you help literacy learning in the early years?<br />
How can you help literacy learning in the early years?<br />Support and encourage students by praising their efforts.<br /...
What other issues should be kept in mind when helping in classrooms?<br />Discuss<br />
What other issues should be kept in mind when helping in classrooms?<br />Beware of making judgments<br />All children can...
Part 2 - Helping with Speaking and Listening<br />Purpose<br />To explore the development of speaking and listening skills...
As your children's first teacher you have already taught them to speak and listen by:<br />expecting them to speak <br />p...
As your child’s first teacher you have already taught them to speak and listen by:<br />Expecting them to speak<br />Provi...
Asking open ended questions<br />What are open ended questions?<br />Open ended questions require more than one word to an...
Asking open ended questions<br />How will you make the cover of your book?<br />What happened after…?<br />List all of the...
Oral Language Activities<br />You might be asked to work with a small group of children on an oral language activity. Some...
Some examples of activities classroom helpers may be involved in:<br />Picture chats<br />Cooperative or small group work ...
Picture chats<br />Conduct a picture chat. Demonstrate strategies from previous slide.<br />Discuss value of picture chat-...
An example of Picture Chats in the classroom<br />
What are some situations where children need to use a variety of speaking and listening skills?<br />Discuss<br />
A summary of listening and speaking skills<br />We use speaking for:<br />explaining            		giving instructions<br /...
To be successful speakers we need to:<br />know procedures i.e. introductions, phone calls <br />demonstrate social conven...
Readers’ Theatre<br />Readers’ theatre is a cooperative group activity, as opposed to small group work where students may ...
An example of Reader’s Theatre in the classroom<br />
Some examples of activities classroom helpers may be involved in:<br />
Helping with Speaking and Listening<br />The purpose of today’s session was-<br />To explore the development of speaking a...
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  1. 1. Classroom Helpers Program<br />Week 1 – March 1st<br />Being a helper<br />Helping with Speaking and Listening<br />Week 2 – March 8th<br />Helping with Reading<br />Week 3 – March 15th<br />Helping with Writing<br />
  2. 2. Purpose :<br />To help with literacy learning in the early years.<br />What is expected of participants?<br />Attend each session which will take approximately one hour.<br />Complete follow-up activities in a classroom each week.<br />Assist in classrooms on a regular basis.<br />
  3. 3. Part 1 - Being a Helper<br />Purpose<br />To explore how children learn<br />To recognise and value difference<br />To explore the role of classroom helpers<br />
  4. 4. To learn, students need...<br />A reason to learn<br />To be actively involved<br />Demonstration and modelling<br />Activity based learning<br />Opportunities for repetition and reinforcement<br />Opportunities for practising<br />Efforts to be praised<br />
  5. 5. Learning Styles<br />Visual learners<br /><ul><li>Learn by seeing</li></ul>Auditory learners<br />- Learn by hearing<br />Kinaesthetic learners<br />- Learn by doing/moving <br />
  6. 6. What does being a classroom helper mean?<br /> Assisting in the classroom under the direction of theclassroom teacher by:<br />working with small groups of children providing a role model for learning.<br /> Being a valued member of the school community: <br />your support in the classroom will ensure that children remain on task while the teacher is working with other groups<br />your willingness to assist in classroom activities shows other parents what can be achieved when partnerships are formed.<br />
  7. 7. Chat to the person next to you...<br />How can you help literacy learning in the early years?<br />
  8. 8. How can you help literacy learning in the early years?<br />Support and encourage students by praising their efforts.<br />Demonstrate and model appropriately.<br />Ask for help when you are not sure.<br />Encourage children to work quietly and remain on task.<br />
  9. 9. What other issues should be kept in mind when helping in classrooms?<br />Discuss<br />
  10. 10. What other issues should be kept in mind when helping in classrooms?<br />Beware of making judgments<br />All children can learn.<br />Children learn at different rates and have different learning needs.<br />Retain confidentiality<br />The privacy of both parents and children must be<br /> respected at all times.<br />Do not mention the names of children or teachers with whom you are working in front of your own children or other parents. Children can easily be hurt by apparently harmless remarks from their peers or other children.<br />
  11. 11. Part 2 - Helping with Speaking and Listening<br />Purpose<br />To explore the development of speaking and listening skills<br />To discuss ways classroom helpers can demonstrate good listening skills and appropriate speaking behaviours to assist children<br />
  12. 12. As your children's first teacher you have already taught them to speak and listen by:<br />expecting them to speak <br />providing models of how spoken language works <br />demonstrating how to listen<br />supporting their attempts with praise<br />
  13. 13. As your child’s first teacher you have already taught them to speak and listen by:<br />Expecting them to speak<br />Providing models of how spoken language works<br />Demonstrating how to listen<br />Supporting their attempts with praise<br />You can support children in the classroom by:<br />Asking open ended questions<br />Pausing, waiting for answers<br />Giving prompts<br />Rephrasing while supporting the attempt<br />Being an active listener<br />Offering praise<br />
  14. 14. Asking open ended questions<br />What are open ended questions?<br />Open ended questions require more than one word to answer.<br />Five W’s and an H<br />Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?<br />
  15. 15. Asking open ended questions<br />How will you make the cover of your book?<br />What happened after…?<br />List all of the…<br />How did…?<br />Tell me…<br />Think of all the …?<br />How many ways can…?<br />Suppose a..<br />What would you say if..?<br />Why is …?<br />How did you feel when…? etc.<br />
  16. 16. Oral Language Activities<br />You might be asked to work with a small group of children on an oral language activity. Some things to remember...<br />Pause -Wait for answers. Allow for thinking time.<br />Give prompts- give a hint to encourage a response.<br />Be an active listener- watch the speaker, don’t interrupt, use facial expressions-nod, smile- to encourage the speaker and demonstrate that you are listening. <br />Offer praise- use encouraging words to support attempts. “ I like the way you…”<br />
  17. 17. Some examples of activities classroom helpers may be involved in:<br />Picture chats<br />Cooperative or small group work (e.g. readers theatre)<br />Show and tell/news/morning talk<br />
  18. 18. Picture chats<br />Conduct a picture chat. Demonstrate strategies from previous slide.<br />Discuss value of picture chat- extend vocabulary; develop knowledge of sentence structure( modelling); creating ideas for writing; sharing knowledge and understanding.<br />
  19. 19. An example of Picture Chats in the classroom<br />
  20. 20. What are some situations where children need to use a variety of speaking and listening skills?<br />Discuss<br />
  21. 21. A summary of listening and speaking skills<br />We use speaking for:<br />explaining giving instructions<br />discussing exploring ideas <br />persuading telling stories <br />asking questions arguing <br />giving reports reflecting <br />sharing describing events <br />answering questions <br />
  22. 22. To be successful speakers we need to:<br />know procedures i.e. introductions, phone calls <br />demonstrate social conventions i.e. look at speaker, wait for turn to speak, accept and encourage others<br />speak confidently <br />be aware of our audience<br />use correct tone and style <br />use volume appropriate to the situation <br />use facial expressions and gestures <br />be able to speak to large or small groups<br />
  23. 23. Readers’ Theatre<br />Readers’ theatre is a cooperative group activity, as opposed to small group work where students may complete individual tasks. Cooperative activities will require greater input from the classroom helper. Children have specific roles.<br />Three key aspects of the classroom helper’s role. Ensure that the children -<br />Understand the activity and remain focussed upon it.<br />Keep noise to a minimum<br />Are aware of the time available.<br />
  24. 24. An example of Reader’s Theatre in the classroom<br />
  25. 25. Some examples of activities classroom helpers may be involved in:<br />
  26. 26. Helping with Speaking and Listening<br />The purpose of today’s session was-<br />To explore the development of speaking and listening skills<br />To discuss ways classroom helpers can demonstrate good listening skills and appropriate speaking behaviours to assist children.<br />Follow-up activity: Conduct a picture chat, news or readers theatre. Or use some of these strategies at home. E.g. open-ended questions about their day.<br />

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