In fourth grade we teach United States history. And of course one of the topics of knowledge is learning about our government and the different levels of the government and what they do and what their role is and the role of the people and the public.

Well, I have—as many teachers across the nation have—students that struggle. Students that have learning difficulties. And I have one in my classroom that worked so hard. And he was learning disabled. And we were doing this big discussion and I asked the question "Who runs the federal government, students? Who runs the federal government?" And we had been working on this for days and days and days. And all of a sudden I see John's little hand waving up in the air. And I thought, "Oh, John knows the answer. He's been listening!" So I said, "John, who runs the federal government?" And he goes--or I asked, "What runs the federal government?" He goes, "Electricity!"

And, of course, the whole class was stunned because at no point in time had we discussed electricity in the federal government. But finding that teachable moment in every situation--after we quit giggling and laughing, because it was hysterical.

I said, "But John, who turns on the electricity?" And he said, "People!" And I said, "That's right! People run the federal government!" So at that time, I think, even though it was a very humorous and very funny answer and we all enjoyed it because we adored him, it was also a teachable moment because I modeled to the students and they jumped right on board helping to ensure everyone's success.