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Memorable Classroom Moment

Kirstie is a Canadian secondary teacher in Milton Keynes who blogs for Protocol Education regularly.She describes the moment when a memorable maths lesson made it all click into place for her and how that memory has inspired her as a teacher.

It's funny that we are in school for 14 years and only remember certain things. Now that I'm a teacher, I find myself remembering the things that my teachers used to do to help me learn in my own way. One particular teacher sticks out.

The memorable moment was in my elementary school, St. Alexander, which  I attended from JK to Grade 8. Now, Maths was never my favourite subject and it was something I struggled with forever (and still do!). When I was learning addition, I was unbelievably frustrated. I felt like I was behind everyone and just couldn't get the concept down.

What changed all that was my teacher, Mrs. Cook, using kinaesthetic learning to teach me (and the rest of the class). She made us get out of our seats and get into groups to represent numbers and had us move to create the answer. Seeing this really made it “click” with me in a way it never had before. For me, just staring at numbers on a page didn’t work. She made it fun. Getting us up and moving and involved in our learning made me remember and finally understand!

The things you perhaps feel silliest about at the time, are often the moments that stick out (think back to that English teacher that made you act out Shakespeare!). It makes me want to be more of an active teacher and get my students moving. This is a great way to separate a lesson from the rest and get it to really sink in!

It’s nice to think back on those teachers and appreciate the work that they did. If only I could track them down and thank them! 

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