Friday, August 22, 2008

Child Humor 2

Just thought I’d write a few more choice tidbits spoken from the mouths of children. Four Letter Words
As a first grade teacher teaching students to read, I was very excited one day, when I discovered that my students were able to put four letters together to form words. Proudly, I bragged on them, saying, I’m so proud of you. You are up to four-letter words now.” Never once did I consider the double meaning until the following parent conference. A close friend and mother of one of my students, with a mischievous grin whispered, “ I understand your teaching four-lettered words now!!”
Growing up Fast
When I was a second grade teacher, I was spotlighting one of my students on her birthday.
“Mikelle, What is your favorite T.V. show?” I asked. “ I can’t make up my mind!” she replied.
That’s alright, you may have two favorites, I comforted her. “Oh good!” she responded, “I just can’t decide between, “Sesame Street” and “Days of our Lives.”
Oops! Where’s Johnny
A teacher colleague of mine, had an embarrassing experience that can only happen to those who teach Elementary school students. While on a field trip to a local bank, one of her little male students needed to use the restroom. Because this certain child often wandered off, she stationed herself outside the restroom door while he took care of business, so as to prevent his escape to other places of adventure. After standing there for several minutes, the restroom door opened. Without turning around she stated, “Alright, Buddy boy, Let’s Go!!” To her surprise, a deep voice of a six-foot nature answered, “Alright, and where are we going?”

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Child Humor

Today is the first day of school for the students of Washington County and my third year as a retired school teacher. My thoughts have been on some of the adorable things the children have said through the years. You can learn a lot and enjoy a good laugh from the wisdom and words of children. I have written many of those memories down through the years that bring joy to my life when I read them and I would like to share a few of them today.

Friendly Indians
One morning I was reading my second grade students the story, “Little House on the Prairie”. It was specifically about the part where they were concerned if the Indians they were about to meet on the trail would be friendly. My class consisted of several Nationalities, including Native American. Wishing to be politically correct, I proceeded to explain the historic situation in the time of the old west, assuring them that the Indians were friendly. One wide -eyed Indian boy sitting at my feet on the Reading rug replied sincerely with an innocent smile and dark eyes shining, “I’m a friendly Indian.!”
Southern Gentlemen
One hot afternoon while leading my class of second graders’ across town for a field trip, I over heard
some of my students engaged in a rather interesting conversation and I found it difficult not to laugh right out loud. First of all, I need to back up and tell you about the two participants. Ryan was a handsome intelligent boy who had moved to my class in Utah from one of the Southern states and had a cute little southern accent. Needless to say the girls all had crushes on him. One girl in my class, Kristine liked him too. Kristine was popular and used to getting what she wanted, which at this point was Ryan. However, Ryan had not one bit of interest in her. Finally, after all afternoon trying to get his attention, she finally became exasperated and screamed, “I hate you Ryan!” I waited for the reaction to see if I needed to intercede. In true Southern Gentlemen fashion, Ryan drawled, “Well-ll-ll then I suppose we have something in common, don’t we.”
Old but classy
My second grade students had been writing short stories all year and we were in the process of helping them publish a little book of their favorite writings. As one little girl and I were editing her story, I almost had to chuckle, when I read her perspective of me. “My teacher is old, but she has pretty clothes.”

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Self Esteem

You hear so many differing opinions about self-esteem and how it is achieved in our society of late. As a teacher, mother and grandmother, I would like to add my conclusions about the matter. These conclusions about the subject, I have arrived at, not only from my training, but from a common sense approach after watching the many children I have taught grow to adulthood. In recent decades it seems the belief is you should never criticize a child, only praise he or she. While of course yelling at the child and hurtful name calling can be damaging there is such a thing as constructive criticism which can be accompanied by praise of things the child has done well and how they can improve in their weakness area. Standards for living and rules for living should be in place and punishments that teach should be applied in a consistent manner for misbehavior. Follow through being a consistent action taken. As a teacher, I have seen some parents, not all of course, dive in and save their children from consequences. It will be with these parents, that only teachers and other students are to blame. Even the best children from the best homes will tell a lie if they think they are in trouble for their actions. Children are intelligent and learn to manipulate quickly, never taking the blame for their actions if they are not held accountable. It is my firm belief that self-esteem comes from a job well done or good choices. I think children know when they are in the right or wrong and adults don’t do them any favor by saving them from natural consequences.