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May 25, 2015

What I Learned in Kindergarten

By Brian Smith
Grades PreK–K

    Reflecting is usually thought of as a very serious component of the teaching profession. Being a reflective practitioner is one of the ways that teachers learn from their mistakes or take pride in one of those beautiful moments when a student "gets it."  While best practices say that we should be reflective all year, it's always most natural to look back as the year comes to a close. Your students have grown and changed, and you have learned some things as well. Here is what I have learned by teaching kindergarten.

    Brian - Bathroom

     

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    You should always shut the bathroom door. It’s also not a bad idea to lock it if you know how to unlock it.

    The ability to do a cartwheel is what makes you cool.

    Forgiving is easy if we allow it to be easy.

     

     

     

    Freakishly Big Hands

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    Just like penguins and apples come in different varieties, so do 5-year-olds.

    Goodness is all around us if we view the world like a kindergartener.

    My hands are freakishly big.

     

    Shaking Hands

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    Meeting a new person means that you just made a new friend.

    Riding the bus home in the afternoon means that you are almost a grownup.

    Learning about numbers is only math when the teacher gives it that name. (Also, introducing the word math in October will cause immediate stress!)

    Band-Aids

     

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    The ABCs are only easy when they are taught the way that each child learns best.

    Excitement is completely contagious.

    A Band-Aid fixes everything.

     

     

     

    Snakc Time

     

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    I can get through anything if snack is the next thing on the schedule.

    Dancing can turn a bad day into a good one.

    Five-year-olds are brutally honest but still love you unconditionally.

    In kindergarten I learned that my students can amaze me, make me laugh until I cry, and will turn me into a better human being just by knowing them.

    It's been an amazing year and I'm pleased to announce that I will continue blogging for Scholastic next school year. In the meantime, find me, dad2ella, on Twitter and Pinterest.

    Have a great summer and I can't wait to see you next fall.

    Reflecting is usually thought of as a very serious component of the teaching profession. Being a reflective practitioner is one of the ways that teachers learn from their mistakes or take pride in one of those beautiful moments when a student "gets it."  While best practices say that we should be reflective all year, it's always most natural to look back as the year comes to a close. Your students have grown and changed, and you have learned some things as well. Here is what I have learned by teaching kindergarten.

    Brian - Bathroom

     

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    You should always shut the bathroom door. It’s also not a bad idea to lock it if you know how to unlock it.

    The ability to do a cartwheel is what makes you cool.

    Forgiving is easy if we allow it to be easy.

     

     

     

    Freakishly Big Hands

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    Just like penguins and apples come in different varieties, so do 5-year-olds.

    Goodness is all around us if we view the world like a kindergartener.

    My hands are freakishly big.

     

    Shaking Hands

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    Meeting a new person means that you just made a new friend.

    Riding the bus home in the afternoon means that you are almost a grownup.

    Learning about numbers is only math when the teacher gives it that name. (Also, introducing the word math in October will cause immediate stress!)

    Band-Aids

     

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    The ABCs are only easy when they are taught the way that each child learns best.

    Excitement is completely contagious.

    A Band-Aid fixes everything.

     

     

     

    Snakc Time

     

     

    In kindergarten I learned that:

    I can get through anything if snack is the next thing on the schedule.

    Dancing can turn a bad day into a good one.

    Five-year-olds are brutally honest but still love you unconditionally.

    In kindergarten I learned that my students can amaze me, make me laugh until I cry, and will turn me into a better human being just by knowing them.

    It's been an amazing year and I'm pleased to announce that I will continue blogging for Scholastic next school year. In the meantime, find me, dad2ella, on Twitter and Pinterest.

    Have a great summer and I can't wait to see you next fall.

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