Practicum Coming to an End
With these last few days of practicum fast approaching, I’ve been taking the time to reflect on my 8 weeks with the Grade 3’s. I began by reflecting on my lessons, my unit plans, the way I approached a raised hand in the classroom, my wait time between questions; however, I most importantly began to reflect on all of the things the Grade 3’s have taught me.
Lessons From a Third Grader
Forgive, Forget, and Move On. No one is more compassionate and forgiving than an 8 year old. After recesses, I would hear of the arguments going on between friends. 5 minutes later they are over it and talking again as though nothing happened. What happens to us when we become adults and why can’t we be as forgiving as a third grader? I thought about how honest and open they are with each other, and how happy adults would be if we had this attitude.
Laugh… A Lot. Adults, I’ve realized how serious we can be. We are so focused on work of any kind that we forget to just stop and laugh; laugh at the made up knock-knock jokes, at the mixed up words, at the silly passage in a book. Nothing sounds better than the sound of 19 kids laughing together with their respective adults.
Don’t be Afraid and Just Do It. Kids are fearless. If they want to say something or do something, they just will. No questions asked. Why do we become so afraid to say the things we feel, and do the things that will make us smile? Third graders, for the most part, don’t have this ‘over-analyzing’ brain that over thinks every little step before it’s done. You want to paint a flower? Do it. You like knitting? Do it; and don’t be afraid to be proud of the things you enjoy.
Tell Someone You Like Them. Third graders will tell you that they like your shoes or your sweater. They will tell you that your hair looks nice today, or that you look really pretty. When you’re walking in the mall, or whether you’re at a family event; if you find something that you like in someone else… tell them. One compliment will go a long way, and make someone feel really, really good.
Pizza Makes Everything Better. In fact, I’ve been taught how pizza is actually healthy. I will argue this on any day, and I’ve got help from the third graders.
I challenge you this week to think like a third grader, and compliment one stranger that you see walking down the street.
And eat lots and lots of pizza.