The Importance of Assisting Others

Today, I chose to share another classroom strategy from the Carrie Flower Curriculum.  In addition, I am also providing the answer to our visual discrimination experiment, when we were discussing individual differences.

So, let’s begin by discussing the importance of having a helpful attitude at work, whether that means assisting children and parents with their needs or helping peers accomplish overall district goals. When people are helpful, more people want to be around them at work and people are more willing to partner with then on key projects and initiatives.

Children are never too young to learn the value and joy of helping others. When helpfulness is highly valued, children continue to seek ways to help others as they grow. Clearly, being helpful is an important behavior for all children to learn. It will help children at home, with their friends, and at school. If you make helpfulness a focus in your classroom, you will find that everyone’s spirits are lifted and even difficult days become easier.

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One of the strategies in the Carrie Flower Curriculum, suggests initiating a “Helpfulness Garden” by creating a bulletin board. This space will be where helpful acts are recognized daily. When a student or adult notices someone being helpful, the student (or the adult) will write a description of the helpful act on a flower shaped sticker and add it to the garden (bulletin board). At the end of the day, helpful acts should be recognized and celebrated. This will help foster a positive classroom community.

The Answer to our experiment:

A few week ago, many of you participated in a visual discrimination experiment. As we discussed individual differences.  My point was to emphasize the importance of understanding that we are all very unique, we all perceive things differently and it may take some of us a bit longer to realize certain concepts. 

Many of you provided responses to the picture I had posted.  It was very interesting to read the variety of answers you all provided.  I thought you would enjoy reading what others gleamed from the photo.  So, below are  the answers we received from our respondents.

26% saw a cat or kitten; 11% saw one of the following, a woman, nothing, or a bird; 5% saw one of the following, a house, a bear, an angel, a mouse, a man, a lion, a turtle, or a submarine.  Related to time, some people saw the image immediately, while the longest time to identify the image was 6 minutes.

The Correct Answer is below.

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 A Cow is looking directly at you.  Go back and look at the original image. Can you see the cow?   Sometimes we need an accommodation to help us learn. We are all very different and perceive concepts being taught very differently.  Please keep this brief experiment in mind when you are teaching children.  Until next time ... Dr. G.   

A Cow is looking directly at you.  Go back and look at the original image. Can you see the cow?   Sometimes we need an accommodation to help us learn. We are all very different and perceive concepts being taught very differently.

Please keep this brief experiment in mind when you are teaching children.

Until next time ... Dr. G.