One of my students constantly keeps his hands in his pockets- walks that way, runs that way. Frightens me because years ago I had to rush a neighbor’s four-year-old to the emergency room with cuts and scrapes all over his face- he slipped on our gravel drive, and because he had his hands in his pockets, he couldn’t protect his face. Well, I explained all this to my little one the first day of school when I observed this behavior at recess. Told him the same thing yesterday morning at recess. Reminded him at afternoon recess and told him emphatically that his behavior was not safe and I did not want him to get hurt. He looked at me for a second, scrunched up his face, and said, “Well, how about if I walk with one hand in my pocket and I can use the other one if I fall down?” How can you argue with wisdom like that???
This is the same kid who told me the first day of school that I really needed a trash can in the art center because he really, heavy sigh, didn’t want to walk all the way over to my desk (ten feet) to throw his trash away! I thought he made perfect sense and I had a trash can in that center the next morning. I think this boy is going to make some major improvements in our classroom this year! J
Children are often wise beyond their years. I’m reminded of the child I had last year who immediately grasped the importance of sign language. I taught my class “thank you”, “please”, and “I love you” during the first few days of school. One little girl finally came up to my desk and said, “I want to know the sign for ‘when is it recess?’” Hey, let’s just get to the important stuff!! LOL
Well, I’m off to school to see what my students teach me today!