-sometimes you need to pause and have a dance break. I love this concept. A student's attention span is very short and everyone could use some good exercise so why not have a dance party?? These dance breaks are usually short, about 5 minutes, but on Fridays the students get to have a 15 minute dance break as they pack up as a reward.
-first graders tell all. There are absolutely no secrets in first grade! These precious gems have spilled so much about their parents and friends to me as I'm sure they do to everyone. One story I particularly loved was from a little girl while playing a board game last week. It was a game called chunks. In the game, there are two different colored blocks and the object is to pair one yellow block and one green to create a word. The little gir created the word "pills". When asked about her word she continued to tell both Mrs.Gammon and myself that her dad takes pills. So Mrs. Gammon asked her why he took the pills to which she responded, "He takes them when he gets mad.". Crazy kids.
-first graders make friends fast. Today, I got the privilege to eat lunch with my jewels. They all faught over who I was going to sit with. I also went to recess and boy that was something! I was asked to swing, after that I had about 6 girls follow me around everywhere I went. By the end of the day, I had made 20 new friends without even trying.
-first graders are full of love. These students are so lovable and give love right back. They hug you often and reach for your hand as if you're their mom. It touched my heart to be loved by these children.
-first grade is messy but fun. Everytime I look around the classroom, it's a mess. Wether it be crayons on the floor or a ton of scrap paper on a desk, first graders are a mess! However, there is never a dull moment.
Overall, observing first grade has been on of the greatest experiences I've taken. It has shown me how to be a great teacher and a better friend. I've learned a lot for Mrs. Gammon as well as the students.
Thanks for everything & a special thank you to all the teachers out there-- y'all rock!!!