I was watching Keira the other day playing with Tink with a ball. She was getting Tink to spin and bounce the ball, I watched how first she got Tink’s attention with the ball. Tink was watching her, Tink reached across for the ball so Keira gave it to her and got another ball the same size.
She modeled what she was doing, then I watched in amazement as they both spun and bounced the balls together. Keira then stopped and said you do it Eirinn and Tink did. Keira had delivered effective and appropriate instruction by giving a task she had seen Tink do on her own then presented the task as “I do,” we do,” and “you do.” I hadn’t shown Keira how to do this she just did it.
A 8 year old little girl that gets how to deliver instruction. Then it dawned on me this is exactly how her Dad tought me to do things whilst working with him. He would show me first, then we would do it together, then he would get me to do it. This is where Keira had learned to deliver instruction.