This year I learned:
- First graders believe all wedding dresses should be pink
- They also believe a wedding is equal to having a baby
- If you say, "I'll have a baby when I'm 30, now I'm 26. How long is that?" They believe you are pregnant immediately, with a 4 year gestation period.
- Never underestimate the powers of an imaginative child with an imaginary friend
- Germ-x wont kill you like the label says
- you can't teach a kid to read unless he opens his eyes (and I mean that literally)
- A kid can refuse to read for you all year and yet still perform very well on the test. He really was listening all of those days...
- Sometimes I need to get my controls back as much as the kids do
- Even breaking an egg on the table does not prove that a baby chicken is not inside the egg
- The debate over whether zero is even or odd is touchy, even with adults
- First graders can debate quite well when given the right language
- Rearranging the room with the entire class can be very, very successful
- Using read-alouds during transitions can be magic
- Read alouds bring community
- Especially if you read it again, and again, and again...
- Many, many different ways to teach kindness and respect
- Creating a website is a great publishing experience. Writing is not just for books anymore..
- sometimes expectations need to be clearly defined. What does 'right now' really mean? What do we do on the rug?
The list goes on and on. Did I possible teach you as much as you taught me?