Thursday, August 14, 2008

If I Had Wings....

One memory from the classroom will be with me for a long time. It was probably ten years ago when this happened. I thought I would share it will all of you.

When I used to teach Kindergarten, we ended the good days with a song that lets the kids fly, swing, crawl, and hop around the room. On one particular day, a boy came up in the middle of the flying song and said, "if I really had wings, I would fly to heaven and see my grandpa."

This illustrates one thing very clearly....when a kid seems extra needy or clingy, maybe there are things going on that you don't know about.

5 comments:

Paul Bogush said...

So very, very true...

SherryC said...

I tend to be one that worries about what is the root of bad behavior in the classroom. This shows so clearly that there are frequently things going on in their young lives that we may not know about. Thanks for sharing and reminding us to think!

Kobus van Wyk said...

This just emphasizes the point that each child is an individual with specific needs.

Peter H. Reynolds said...

Beautiful, Terry. Sounds like a good idea for a book!

Jason Everett said...

Thanks for the post TJ... I try to apply that to every situation no matter the age. Young or old. Sometimes you don't know what might have just happened to that person that makes them do the things they do, say the things they say, or act the way they do. Don't be angry... try to be accepting and understanding. Maybe they just need your ear.