Saturday, October 12, 2013
CELEBRATE! - A chat
A week ago Friday, our school was engaged in a walking fundraiser for the tigers at our local zoo. The concept is simple -- you are teamed with another class, and you walk together to the Metro Park across the street from our school, and then you walk back. Popsicles for everyone at the end. Donations made by friends and families. A great event.
As in past years, this year we were paired with a kindergarten class. To keep tabs on everyone, the kindergarten teacher walked in the front and I walked in the back to take care of those stragglers who are easily distracted by every little thing. One of my boys was paired with an energetic student who just kept running forward to catch the rest of the pack, and then back to us. Instead of running with his partner, my student, T, stayed and chatted with me.
He literally talked the entire 1/2 mile to the destination in the park, and then the 1/2 mile back. I was flabbergasted!! This is a student who hardly ever chooses to talk in class. And now, here I am, on a gorgeous fall day, learning so much about T's family, his interests, his activities, and his friends. If we hadn't taken this walk, and he hadn't had such an energetic partner, I might have gone the entire school year without learning as much as I did in that 1 mile walk. This past week, as I greeted him each day, there was a little more purpose in how I greeted him; we now are linked in ways we weren't before.
That my friends, brought me joy!
Have a great weekend! And sometime, check out some of the other celebrations that others had to share at Ruth's blog!!
Posted by Karen at 11:54 AM