Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stories from a Grade 8 Classroom- 2010

Ahhhh, the first week back. The students were mostly (mostly!) too tired to cause any real ruckus this week and the 5 days slipped by with only minor incidents for the most part.

There were however a few funny, and touching, stories from this week!

The Scene: Two Grade 8 boys are working on the computer at the back of the room near my desk. Since it is Friday I am dressed down in jeans and a hoodie.

Student A: "You know the Me to We clothes you always wear?"

Me: "Yes."

Student A: "Where do you get it from?"

Me: "They have a website that sells all of their organic cotton, free trade clothing. There is a link on my website to it. Go to the one that says Me to We Style."

...and the conversation continues for a little about the Me to We clothing. If you want to know more about Me to We go to their website or check out the post I wrote here

Student B chimes in: "I like the hoodie you are wearing today for Me to We."

Me: "Thank you, but this sweatshirt is for the Vancouver Olympics. It's for our Canadian athletes."

Student B: ...long pause..."Wow, you really are a supportive person!"

How cute is that!?

This story comes from a Grade 6 colleague's classroom and is just too much/ too cute.

So as one of our Me to We initiatives this year we asked each classroom to make 10 promises for change. It's a new program run by Free the Children to help students see the small everyday things they can do to make a difference in the world. It's called the 10 by 10 Challenge. If you are interested in this initiative you can go to the website and make your own 10 promises for change. When you sign up online $10 is donated on your behalf to Free the Children to help build schools around the world. I would love to hear from you if you do sign up and make 10 promises to change the world!

So, back to the story. My colleague decided to tie the 10 by 10 goals into his lesson on New Year's resolutions and was teaching his Grade 6's about creating SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely). They were have some difficulty with understanding each of the letters and how it pertained to their goal setting, so he decided to use an analogy to help them.

Super Colleague (Note: Thanks to Ms. Mimi at It's Not All Flowers And Sausages for such an accurate description of good teachers!) "Okay guys, so we need to make sure our goals fit with the M in SMART goals, and it's kind of like what we are doing in Math right now..."

Student A: "Measurement!"

Super Colleague: "Very good! Okay, so how can we change that word around so it describes our goals? We want our goals to be...." (Note: he is attempting to get them to say measurable."

Students: ...blank stares...

Super Colleague: "Think about what Student A just said, we are studying measurement in Math, so we want all our goals to be...?"

Student B: "2 cm!!" (Note: For any American friends out there, we use the metric system in Canada, so just substitute 2 cm for 2 inches and you get the idea!)

Oh dear!

3 Thinks and Thoughts of Others:

Molly said...

Oh my goodness -- the grade 6 comment is just too cute (and I must admit, I have had my fair share of those days when what I am trying to communicate is totally lost on the class)

Have a great 2nd week of school!

serena said...

hilarious little anecdotes and fun reasons why we love to teach!

Ricardo M. said...

Had a bit of a similar moment the first week back (here in your backyard - the Niagara Region). Our grade 7&8 students are raising money to build a school for students in a developing country as part of the "Me to We" initiative. A discussion in Geography revolved around the issue of globalization and one thing led to another. The kids finally realized that they have the power to make a difference. I was beaming. Many had just crossed a huge developmental stage and I was there to witness it.

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