Show-and-tell is the best part of remote kindergarten.

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Most of my 5-year-old son’s experience in the virtual kindergarten can be defined by not doing it with his classmates. No hot potatoes. There are no ducks, ducks, or geese. They never sing. They sit on tables, tables and cardboard boxes in the living room, kitchen and bedroom in the town. They tried to find the staccato "P" sound made by the teacher, blowing out almost inaudible air. They took the white board and paper, and tried to make the number 3 again and again while reciting: "Around a tree, around a tree, this is the way to make the number 3." Toby often sighed and looked. Looking out the window. It can be difficult to keep him online.

But now it's Toby's turn to perform. Sometimes he plans in advance to place an interested object next to his bedroom table the night before. Sometimes, he waits a few minutes before the "show time", then lifts different objects from the floor of the room, and conducts research with an evaluation eye. Toby showed: fake

Hands made of construction paper, cooking oil and crayons; Papimache volcano; and a spiderman doll. When he left the screen to temporarily use the bathroom, he asked Spidey to stand up. During class, I was sitting on a stool, just outside the range of the camera, looking at the doll. This was Toby's agent, wearing a tight-fitting suit that shaped muscles. "Who is this kid?" I want to know

When Toby was in kindergarten at Zoom, he spent most of his time developing skills and occasionally "

Prom-His teacher also arranges two short activities a week to carry out the chaotic and chaotic activities in the performance. According to who's turn, this class switches between science and sensibility, consumerism and what I think are "things to embrace". Although it may seem silly to watch a 5-year-old model wearing a princess's crown or being licked by her dog, the longer this epidemic lasts, the more I realize the quality of acting and telling that might defeat the killing of souls


Why is speaking and speaking so important? After all, despite bragging and bragging once a week, it seems no different from when I was 5 years old in the 1980s when I sat on a shabby carpet and raised a cabbage doll for everyone to see. Many other things about kindergarten have changed. When I used my finger to paint or dress up in an artistic corner in the morning, most of my son’s education seemed to be learning to manipulate a series of interchangeable parts, that is, to move the penny to a ten-frame square to create a Series of words, ending with a letter

. Acting and telling feel very special.

But the history of education tells me that this is not always a toy parade. As a teaching practice, acting and telling

Keep up with the times. At its best, it provides students of all ages with the opportunity to demonstrate enthusiasm and nerves, as well as the lack of "reading room" ability, while describing the objects of interest.

In 1954, the science coordinator of New York City Public Schools based on your "

. For example, the fifth-grade daughter of a plumber might bring "copper pipes, small Stilson wrenches, solder." I like to imagine the tedious classrooms after the war, with dusty textbooks and news scrolls creaking The students are excited to have the opportunity to check real musical instruments from the toolbox and studio. After all, in just a few years, the Soviet Union will launch an artificial satellite "Artificial Earth", which is the first to orbit the earth Objects that run, politicians and educators will also require scientific guidance for all grades, and even shelter with "[s] ong, dancing, resting and drinking milk." "

Described it. After all, the artificial satellite is a 184-pound aluminum ball with four antennas on it that looks like "

"It may be made of a humble soldering iron, which is not much different from that of a plumber.

By 1973, the school atmosphere had changed,

Because of the rigorous approach to display and narration, I was troubled by it, so I borrowed the words of the spontaneous avant-garde art world to justify the spontaneous display and narrative "event". Her pedagogy reflects the move towards "

", instead of sitting at desks to receive direct instruction, students there mostly wander around the classroom, free to let their interests drive learning. Sometimes, a small house built of bricks ("This is George Washington House!") or a mouse drawn on paper may give students a "Haha!" "At this moment (similar to the situation that any artist might encounter) prompted the teacher to call the children together to witness the continuous efforts of friends and the mastery of new knowledge.

The speech also provides unchangeable benefits. Since we revealed to our peers what we are interested in and why vulnerability is involved,

Acting and telling have the ability to prepare students for walking a tightrope, which is every act of continuous expression. My son's teacher told me that even shy students can benefit from "there is a stage" and time to share with others "it is special for them". Toby's teacher does not require students to act and tell, but almost everyone is willing. Over time, she has seen that even the least confident children can become more proficient and comfortable speaking in class.

Just as a student may be changed by performances and speeches, the entire team may be changed. In 2020,

It was pointed out that in the year of attending the ceremony, students seemed to be more proficient in speaking, easier to grasp the interest of the class, and "interaction became more complicated."

It can also reduce the loneliness of distance learners. Most importantly, my son misses many children. Since Toby was a kid, he hasn't been with me so much. Toby and I use the same computer, and we learn from many of the same human experiences. Recently, the books we collect from curbside picks in the library tend to


, The history of the world written in the landscape. Let's drive to see

. In order to make up for the inadequacy of not allowing him to go to school in person, I provided him with stones and stone names (pyrite, limestone, granite) to do what his parents have been doing and gain experience from the existing things. Most days seem not enough.

During his online time in class, from a stool near him, I worried about him

. But then Toby held a white palm-sized rock next to the laptop camera, and said, "That's quartzite." His teacher raised his eyes, murmured in agreement, and asked him to describe it. He said: "It shines." He thought of the word refraction, but gave up. Instead, he began to tell the story of how to find it: the lonely bank, the pile of rubble that a rogue geologist might have left behind. He pointed out the side of the dry algae stripes. He was almost out of breath with excitement, looking at his teacher and the faces of a few classmates. Everyone remained silent, waiting for him to say more.

"I like that," his teacher said at last. And, after all these weeks of study, I knew she was serious.

After all the children had a chance, my son’s teacher introduced three-dimensional shapes (for kindergarten children, it’s too much!), and asked the students what she was holding from the sphere. Toby did not raise his hand. "I let others answer," he whispered to me. After a new friend named the shape correctly, he shouted to everyone to hear: "That looks like a plastic meteor."

I hope to return to school next year as we have known before, but for now, my son and all other children who study at home like him have this feeling-willing to provide their love for their children. Entertainment for others. Of course, until the connection becomes unstable, then someone shouts: "Hey, do I sound like a robot?" The children all smiled at their robots.




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