Tuesday's Slice of Life...@ Two Writing Teachers...
Who doesn't want to drive?
As we move into our fourth week of school now, I see and feel the pressure to put the keys in the ignition and get on the highway to learning! Yet, all drivers know that going from 0-65 and hitting cruise control without doing some preliminary practice is extremely dangerous!
And so it is with our kiddos and their learning...we must remember preliminary practice takes time...follow the prelims now to create safe and thoughtful drivers in the weeks ahead...
Some probably haven't even found a pair of keys to fit the ignition yet! Help them find these keys so they can get started!
Some probably don't know the step-by-step way to prepare to drive-slow and steady wins the race-teaching sequential procedures now will pay off in the end.
Some probably aren't sure when to gas and when to break-teach them the difference now so this becomes automatic.
Some probably aren't sure of how to look in the rear view mirror-show them how to reflect! Knowing what's behind us helps improve future learning...
Some don't know about the hazard lights-turn them on to signals that alert others help is needed!
Some aren't sure about putting it in gear-stepping on the break and shifting at the same time...doing both keeps our transmission from dropping-preventing poor engine performance.
Some need maps before they head out to drive-give them a map so they know where they are going-clear directions help us get there...
Some have it all going on-they are ready and just need the practice of the drive-try not to make them wait for ones who aren't...differentiate!
And finally, most drivers don't just get in their cars and take off, they have a reason to be behind the wheel-give a sense of purpose.
This is just me...self-reflecting on what my little drivers might need in the weeks ahead-maybe you've thought of some drive prep tips too...please share if you do!
Hopefully cruising on a highway near you soon! It won't be easy, but we'll get there!