Riverview's Weekly Message-Make Your Mark!
There are certain triggers that always wind children up: rain clouds, wind, a close game in PE, and – the week before Halloween. The closer the calendar gets to that day, the more bonkers children become.
To be perfectly fair, it’s not completely the kids’ fault that they can’t stay focused. Teachers are partly to blame. We read aloud Halloween stories, draw haunted houses, sing “pumpkin carols,” and graph candy corn.
Why will kids ask ten times when recess is but then want to stay in for the whole break to organize markers?
Why do kids forget where to indent in a letter but remember the name of my guinea pig I had when I was in the third grade, and why my dad washed my mouth out with soap when I was eight?
Why do kids write “THE END” so big?
Mark Twain once wrote that teaching is like trying to hold thirty-five corks underwater all at once.
What exactly is a teacher anyway? A lot of different things. Teachers are like conductors. They try to get everyone to play together harmoniously.
Once in a while they may feel like the jacket on a popular library book – well worn, very touched, more wrinkled this year than last year, close to falling apart.
Beethoven was a child prodigy who changed music forever. Students have been learning about him during music with Mrs. Nelson. Mrs. Nelson taught the students that his formal education ended after elementary school because Beethoven was unable to write fluently and was only able to do simple arithmetic. After learning about Beethoven’s early life one boy responded: “He was in the Learning Pit!”
There are certain moments in teaching that I call Teacher Moments. These are the special moments that make it all worthwhile. They are golden. They are few. They come unannounced. And you have to listen very closely, or you might miss them.
Unfortunately, when the moments come, I usually don’t have a pencil handy, or I say I’ll write it down later but forget, or I simply wasn’t listening closely enough that day and missed the moment completely.
The first day of school is always interesting. Students sit down, nervous and quiet, trying to figure out their new teacher who tells them to be thoughtful to others, and use your time wisely, and follow directions, and raise your hands before speaking, and do not use the paper cutter, and ask to go to the bathroom, and don’t whine when you take out your math books, and respect each other’s property, and who know what that means? And don’t chew gum at school, and don’t exclude others from your games, and walk in the hallways, and don’t run up the slide.
Tomorrow, August 29th is the first day of Kindergarten!! Robert Fulgum has taught us that all we really need to know, we learned in Kindergarten. “Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them…it is best to hold hands and stick together.”
A warm welcome to the start of the 2017 School year. We do hope you have had a fun and restful summer. A special welcome to our new families. It is great to see our new learners making friends and already settling into their new school.