Abridged Field Guide to Delightful Students
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, there are plenty of species of students that one encounters in any given day. If one listens and looks, with binoculars if necessary to go beyond the crowing and cawing, there are delightful species to be found:
- wide-eyed wonderer = the one who soaks it all in and internalizes big ideas for later
- kid-creator = given the opportunity, there is nothing outside of this tinkerer/sketcher/tech genius ability or dream
- inquisitor = asks the right question at the right time; pushes the learning forward and sometimes beyond what’s expected
- connector = those that move between text to self, text to text, and text to world with such ease that everything is like a puzzle which snaps into place
- outside boxer = what if we try it another way? what if we create this instead? what if I grow up to revolutionize the world?!?
- peaceful participator = do not overlook this lovely species! They wait with their hands up and ready. They know the directions before starting and then get to work. They seem… happy! Thankful for this silent and sweet addition to the menagerie!!
All in all, this larger portion of the species will keep teachers coming back and rejuvenated. Making Mr. Grumpus from Monday into Mr. Progress today!
One last quick story – we were creating and inventing new features for our library today, and one student started saying lie-berry again and again, thinking as he did. Then we devised a new creation in which you tell a lie to get a berry. Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, lie-berry! It all connects since we were discussing differences between fiction and nonfiction. I can’t wait to see what “berries” he tells tomorrow 😉
The classroom world is a wondrous place!
Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by!