Social stories are short stories that depict a social situation that children may encounter. They are used to teach children through the use of specific and sequential information about everyday events that children may find difficult or confusing, thus preventing further anxiety on the part of your child.
Social stories have a wide variety of applications from understanding others’ actions and emotions, developing self-care skills, and general safety techniques to specific events or changes in routine. Check out our social story about staying healthy at Pasitos during Covid-19.
What motivates you?
I recently asked this question in a training for Spanish teachers. We talked about things that motivate us and our children. Learning new things, feeling good about ourselves, getting a special prize or reward at the end.
We then related this to our role as teachers. Teachers often question their role in helping students with their motivation. Is it our job to motivate our students? Consensus was that it is not our job to motivate learners. Motivation is internal. If something is going to be accomplished or completed, the individual needs to feels motivated to do the task. Similarly, learning a language is personal. It happens on the learners own time, at their own rate. Motivation is critical to learning anything, but it must come from the individual for the motivation to be long lasting.
So, if it’s not our job to motivate children to acquire, learn, and practice another language, what is our job, especially if we recognize that motivation is an important piece to learning?
Our job as language teachers is to provide fun and engaging actives and a low-anxiety environment so the learners will want to learn and want to practice new words. Our own enthusiasm for the language, the songs, and games that we practice and rehearse with the children helps the children to associate positive feelings towards language learning. This in turn helps children to feel motivated to learn.
Pasitos is an eco-friendly, bilingual community based on learning and fun. Through a play based Reggio inspired curriculum, children gain the necessary literacy skills to make them successful in both Spanish and English. At the same time, they build social and emotional skills in working with peers and the maestras. Together these skills help open their minds and language capabilities. Teachers interact with the children to build strong academics and positive social skills.