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I remember the first time I started teaching. I did activities I loved as a child with them and we had a great time. By mid-year my class didn’t seem to have that “oomph” it once had. I’m so glad I started talking to more experienced teachers about the problem I was having.
The problem was I never had had the pulse of my class. I was doing things I liked without ever considering what they were interested in. After forgiving myself, I had a long talk with my class about things they wanted to do. I can still see how big their eyes got when I took out the white board and wrote down every idea they had and read it back to them to make sure it was correct.
The teacher had now become the student.
We explored topics I never considered before. Some of the children had serious illnesses so we made sure to do curriculum on trips to the doctor, hospitals, even what types of medical equipment was used for. The children that had been ill asked to speak to the class about what they were going through. We recorded it for the parents and shared in their laughter and tears.
The curriculum began taking a life of its own . I felt just as excited to come to class as the parents and kids.
I’m so thankful I reached out for their sakes. It changed my life forever: hopefully, theirs, too.
How about you? How have you helped kids get their happy on lately?