Mrs. Greenwood welcomed five Greenwood Academy 6th graders who are studying her book, Every Child Can Learn, to learn effective teaching strategies they will implement as teachers of 3rd graders during EOTO Summer Program. Click here to listen to the highlights of their visit.
Mrs. Greenwood was stunned by the teaching practices students had recognized from reading just 4 vignettes about students Mrs. Greenwood had taught 75-80 years ago. Mrs. Greenwood hopes all teacher education candidates are taught the strategies the 6th graders identified.
Mrs. Greenwood’s teaching strategies:
Works to be sure every child succeeds
Is Firm/authoritative with sincere concern
Takes time to problem solve
Smiles and builds relationship with child
Stays calm and does not become upset or raise voice in face of challenging behaviors
Defines behavior she expects from child and has child observe other children for comparison
Requires child to make a response: “Do you understand?”
Teaches child to self-regulate
Uses praise and encouragement of specific behavior she expects in order to build child’s confidence
Gives extra support to be sure every child can read
Teaches life lessons
Builds relationships with families
Collaborates with other teachers
Mrs. Greenwood's teaching was not limited to her book. As she celebrated the students' extraordinary comprehension of her book, she elaborated a life lesson that was a new insight for the students. "When you make a mistake, don't look down on yourself as a failure. Fix it, learn from it and move on. Mistakes are a great learning tool: learn from your mistake and don't make it again!"
Thank you, Mrs. Greenwood for continuing to teach us at 105 years old!