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  Make her own choices

My daughter's teacher always stressed to me the importance of allowing my daughter make her own choices. I decided to put this to the test at home, and from my experience, I can only concur wholeheartedly with this idea. Whenever we encountered a task she didn't like, or didn't want to do, instead of questioning or pushing her into it, I would give my daughter the time and opportunity to make a choice. I would often lead her by offering choices, "would you like to do task A or task B?" I found this method to work wonderfully around 90% of the time because it shows respect for the child and confidence in her ability to make decisions.

  This is what a classroom should be…

A classroom should be a place where everyone — students, teachers, those already part of the learning community, and those new to the community — all enjoy a safe environment with freedom to explore. Only in this type of classroom do people feel it's OK to try new things, to make discoveries, and to make mistakes. This is how learning takes place and where children experience the true joy of learning. A classroom is where we experience different approaches that merge in developing our intellect, communication and problem solving skills. As teachers, our role is that of a guide, a partner and an observer. In the classroom, most important is what the child does, not what is done to the child. Given the chance, a child loves to take initiative, and through this comes self-reliance and self-control. Children love concentrating on each task at hand, discovering its inner-workings and how to solve the problem it presents. This is what a classroom should be… This is an Etonkids classroom.