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The Role and Impact of the Elementary School Teacher

What is Elementary Education?

Elementary education is the first stage of formalized education, which in most countries starts at the age of six. This is a very exciting,

but stressful period for any child. It is the role of elementary school teachers and parents to help children navigate this process.

Each child comes to elementary school at a different point along the spectrum of development. As such, each child has their own needs and greatly varying expectations.

Often, during the elementary school years, children develop a lifelong attitude towards school and learning as a whole. An elementary school teacher has a tremendous impact on how children relate to both. A teacher in such an instance must be enthusiastic and passionate about teaching. What’s more, they must express kindness and love towards children in order to engage and motivate them to learn. To engender such engagement and motivation elementary school teachers need be creative in transforming the standard classroom into a fun and engaging learning environment. One where the voice of each and every child is heard and respected.

Three main tips for Elementary School educators

In an interview to the Washington Post in October 2013 Howard Gardener, a famous American developmental psychologist and author of the theory of multiple intelligences, described three main lessons for educators:

  1. Individualize your teaching as much as possible. Instead of “one size fits all,” learn as much as you can about each student, and teach each person in ways that they find comfortable and learn effectively. Of course this is easier to accomplish with smaller classes. But ‘apps’ make it possible to individualize for everyone.
  2. Pluralize your teaching. Teach important materials in several ways, not just one (e.g. through stories, works of art, diagrams, role play). In this way you can reach students who learn in different ways. Also, by presenting materials in various ways, you convey what it means to understand something well. If you can only teach in one way, your own understanding is likely to be thin.
  3. Drop the term “styles.” It will confuse others and it won’t help either you or your students.

– Washington Post, Howard Gardner ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’, October 16, 2013

Edu-Consulting Elementary School products inspire teachers

At Edu-Consulting we develop our elementary school products with the purpose of building an engaging and fun learning environment for elementary school students. We do so in order to create a bridge between early childhood and genuine school life. We place a heavy emphasis on inspiring teachers to be creative and afford them the opportunity with our Authoring Tool. A tool where teachers can develop their own activities tailored to the needs of their classroom and each particular student. We believe that technology in the classroom can help teachers create an atmosphere where children learn according to the way they are comfortable with. A way that helps students sincerely to enjoy learning.