PIM Removes the Risk – How Phonics in Motion Provides a Safe Learning Environment for All Students
Reaching All Learners
We are a diverse society with an equally diverse learning population. Students arrive at school with a varying degree of knowledge and capabilities. As any kindergarten teacher can tell you, some students walk in on the first day with the ability to read while others have never seen a letter. Some students can add and subtract multi digit numbers while others have not yet learned to count.
Teachers today are tasked with meeting all students at their level and helping them grow and achieve their goals. This learning journey can be fraught with obstacles and hurdles depending on the individual student. In addition, some students are very self aware of their ability levels when compared to their peers.
This awareness can be a barrier to that student’s freedom to explore freely in the academic setting. They do not want to appear below their peers and lack confidence when they compare themselves to their peers.
So the question becomes: How can we break down these barriers and allow students to feel safe and secure in their learning environment so that they may thrive?
One of the most important actions that a teacher can do is to create a risk free learning environment.
Risk Free Learning
Risk free learning allows students the ability to learn without fear or anxiety. They are able to succeed because they are provided with the opportunity to learn at their ability level. This type of learning environment removes pressure from the student allowing them to explore concepts and expand their knowledge.
How PIM Provides Risk Free Learning
Learners develop phonemic awareness naturally through day to day interactions. However, this exposure does not insure that they will develop all the skills that make up phonemic awareness. Phonics in Motion introduces, practices, and teaches these skills through daily lessons that are interactive, authentic, and engaging for students.
This method provides a risk free environment that reaches the diversity of learners in many ways. The lessons are conducted in a group environment which allows students to practice skills and learn new ones. The use of KMPs provides students with the ability to link sounds to letters in an authentic and meaningful way. Because this is a group lesson, students do not feel singled out and are able to practice, learn, and implement the skills that are being taught. Students who already possess these skills are able to participate to solidify, practice and expand knowledge.
The activities included in the lessons are fun and engaging for young learners. Young children learn through motion and play. When students are actively engaged and interacting with a concept through motion, their ability to retain and implement the information is increased.
Through the structure of the daily lessons, which include motion and whole group as well as the practice of building on previous lessons, PIM promotes a risk free learning environment that allows all children, at all ability levels to learn and thrive.