All posts by normagal

About normagal

My passion for teaching and learning started 12 years ago and every moment of this journey has been exciting bringing a sense of fulfilment and joy. I am an educator and my journey began as a teacher for early years and has led me to be a teaching and learning coach today. Education is a powerful weapon that opens the mind to a world of opportunities and possibilities!! Let us leave a legacy of hope, peace and promise for the future generation.

Essential Qualities in a Teacher

I once walked into a classroom that had all the teaching aids a kindergarten teacher could ever dream of. I  had an excellent teaching strategy in place.  Now one would expect an excellent lesson to be delivered. Yes of course and why not? However wait a minute…just ponder a bit and think. There is something vital that every teacher must have besides the above. It is a necessity, a requirement. All of the above may not be there to the fullest but this simple but most important ingredients are  a must. Like a secret to a delicious recipe are these three ingredients to any kindergarten teacher. If I ask you, which teacher has left a good impact in your life? What did she have other than good teaching skills?

I’m sure it would be :

Love, Patience and Joy!

They are the three most important qualities in any teacher that makes a lesson exciting and interesting.  I can have the best teaching aids, all the skills needed to be a great teacher , the best teaching strategy but if I have no love, no patience, no joy then I would say ALL is lost!

The best compliment I  receive from a parent is ” My child can’t wait to go to school everyday” .

I have earned my reward :)

Kind regards,

Norma Gallyot.

New Year- A Platform for Creativity

Wishing all of you a Wonderful, Joyful  New Year filled with new things!

We all get bored of the same old routine and look for new things, for good surprises to come our way. In fact if I pause and just look at the little children, I notice no two days are the same. Every day is a new day with new joys, new challenges and yet it is so fulfilling.

As a teacher, I have noticed that the one thing that allows the child to grow is Creativity. Giving the child a platform in class to just express himself/herself. The expression could be in many forms, for example drawing, writing, clay modelling, talking, etc. Once a student of mine drew  herself next to a big house with her Mom, Dad, her brother and sister and said,”One day I will build a big house for my family!” Allowing the child to express also helps us understand his/her dreams, fears, challenges and aspirations. Creativity is a form of expression. It is wonderful to see the future through their eyes. Encourage the child to do little things by themselves. It brings out the creativity and instils confidence in them.

Kind regards,

Norma Gallyot.

Every child is unique

Hope each of you had a wonderful week…each day is unique, has it’s own challenges as well as brings in new tidings.

Just a thought …if all of us were the same in every way possible this would be a very boring place! That is precisely why every person is created in a very special way. Yet we choose to compare our child to another child and even say” Why can’t you be like her or like him?” .

Let’s try this  question( however the answer may differ) :

What do you see in the picture below.? 

You must have answered this before but I’m glad if you can see that dot- for me that dot is the uniqueness you see in your child!!  There is something that only you and you alone  can do and no one else can do it.  

 

I’m sure if you look closely there will be at least one thing that your child is good at. Why not encourage the child to enhance that skill or ability? Looking for the good in your child will help you look at life positively.

So this week let us try to see that one ( or more) thing that is good in our child or things that our child is good at and highlight it, speak about it and develop it. It could be his nature of kindness , sharing (virtue) or may be a talent for singing , art etc. Let us help our child blossom into a wonderful human being.

Kind regards,

Norma G.

Bonding ….Rule # 2

Hello again!! How was the week? Did any of you practice speaking good words? I did say it takes patience and discipline to do so.

Home is  where every person is busy front of the laptop/ television, on the phone or the iPad and all of this under the same roof. Am I right? Of course, not! It is sad if our home is not a place of warmth and care, a place where we can communicate and be our self.

Well, try this. Every day when your toddler returns from school don’t just feed him/her and then get them to watch television, but sit with them and ask them about their day. Simple questions like, what did your teacher say? Did you do something new in class? How is your friend?

In a nutshell: GET INVOLVED in your toddler’s life.

You’ll be amazed how the bond of trust and love will grow stronger each passing day.

Some toddlers take time to open up or may speak in a word or two. It’s fine. Relax, he is getting one picture for sure and that is – you are interested in his life. And when he speaks do not interrupt. Learn to develop listening skills( this one is for you dear parents : )

Listening is a skill. We will speak about it in depth next week. Till then start getting involved in your little one’s world and speak words that will build up the child’s morale.

Best Regards,

Norma Gallyot.

Make or break a child

Hello again!

You can make or break a child.

You want to know, how?

It’s by YOUR WORDS. Believe me, I can tell you out of experience that your words can bring out the best or the worst in your child.

Telling a child “You are useless’’, well that’s exactly what he or she will believe and become. The child looks up to a parent or a teacher seeking their approval and love.

I have seen children get transformed just by speaking simple words of encouragement like  ‘You can do it! Keep trying. You are the best. I believe in you… ’  and so on. Be patient and kind.

How long and often should one encourage? At every given opportunity!! Who doesn’t like a compliment or being surrounded by people who speak positive and encouraging words? How much more would a child  in his or her formative years?!

 

So Rule No #1 Speak positive words to your child.

That’s the homework for this week :)

Until next week!

Best regards,

Norma Gallyot.

Teaching- A Gift

A child is a gift from God, a very precious gift!

I am a teacher. A kindergarten teacher. For me every child is unique, a gift entrusted to me.

 Early childhood education helps promote high-quality learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5.  For any nation to prosper  education is  the best form of  investment.

Whether we realize it or not, every single one of us is a teacher in some capacity. We teach ourselves and we teach each other. Parents teach their children right from how to take their first steps to their studies. Friends teach us, we teach our colleagues…there is no end to learning and teaching.

But in kindergarten I am taught to be more of a facilitator than a teacher. We are trying to assist children to discover who they are. We help them explore their surroundings.

My blog is a journey that will help us discover – how to be a great facilitator(whether you are a  teacher or parent), to various tips on how to bring out the best in your toddler.

A whole new world of the child is yet to be discovered. Keep reading this blog for weekly updates.

Until then, enjoy your toddler and have a wonderful week.

Yours truly,

Norma Gallyot.