Trainer Monitored Discussion -“Serve and Return” in classrooms

  • Robyn

    January 15, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    You can promote serve and return in a classroom by being available for interaction on the floor. Having time for open play where you can go around the room and have moments with each student in what they are intested in, and allow them to take the lead.

  • Emma

    January 17, 2023 at 12:58 am

    For older children, serve and return can be incorporated in the classroom, initially, through conversation and observation. It is the job of the teacher to learn about the different topics that my students are interested in. I have to be aware of what information and resources they are “serving” me. In return, I can incorporate activities that build on these topics and interests. For example, if I observe that many of my students are interested in animals, I can lead a circle that incorporates an animal matching game, animal dance, and animal themed book.

    • Jamie

      January 18, 2023 at 5:17 pm

      Watch for the “serve and return” activities between the children.

  • Ella Christiansen

    January 17, 2023 at 1:45 am

    I create puzzle groups and have them practice working together to form the puzzle one piece at a time. We also do tic tac toe, building blocks, role play, and dress up. Following their lead on building structures or playing with the doll house.

  • Sophia

    January 17, 2023 at 4:14 am

    I think matching games with cards and scavenger hunts could be a good example of serve and return activities and creating an engaging environment.

  • AJ

    January 19, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    You can incorporate activities in which you provide a serve in the form of a puzzle, scavenger hunt, prompts/questions and then give them the time to explore it until they find the return they see fit. Even if it isn’t exactly correct show support and happiness towards them for participating and try it again later to see what they remember and what they can figure out that fits closer.

  • Madison

    January 23, 2023 at 2:53 am

    I think in a classroom can create a “serve and return” environment by incorporating hands on projects where the child and teacher are both engaging back and forth. Different games and circle time with their classmates as well.

  • Jiwan

    January 24, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Where the child and teacher are both engaging back and forth. Different games and circle time with their classmates as well.

  • Francisca

    January 27, 2023 at 12:35 am

    In order to serve and return you can create songs that rhymes that could possibly engage children to build trust in one another and understand better an activity

  • Kaylea

    January 29, 2023 at 4:19 am

    On top of morning circle time, I think the best area for serve and return for a caregiver and child would be during play time. The children in my class love to play in the kitchen. So, I practice serve and return by “eating” whatever they cook for me or by ordering food from their restaurant.

  • Krista

    January 29, 2023 at 5:47 am

    I believe that simple actions (rolling a ball back and forth), crawling around the floor on their level and letting them lead are the most frequent “serve and return” instances in my work with older infants.

  • yaqinxiang

    January 29, 2023 at 10:13 pm


  • Shawnee

    January 31, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    I think serve and return interactions can be made when doing projects, pre school work, circle time or any other time the childs brain has to think and function. Asking them questions on what they are making for projects, what letter they are working on or color for pre school work or circle time you ask them a question on what you just discussed with them.

  • Emerald

    February 1, 2023 at 3:16 am

    I think early learning providers can create a “serve and return” environment in classrooms by remaining observant of all happenings in the classroom (as much as physically possible), and upon their observations, try to support and encourage the children in each of their activities and call out the appropriate actions the children are displaying. In addition, providing activities and toys that promote the “serve and return” environment is important too.

  • Catlyn

    February 1, 2023 at 6:07 am

    Paying attention to what the children like and are focused on. In our classroom we have children that are in the name it phase with everything especially each others names. We play a name game that includes different levels of development where they either point or say the name themselves.

  • Jasmin

    February 2, 2023 at 4:40 am

    I think playing with play dough will encourage serve and return. They can build different things with play dough and be focused on what they are building. While they build we can name the different colors that play dough is and they can take turns with friends using the different play dough colors.

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