Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The last day of April went much more smoothly than yesterday.

No cliques. No clanks.

After centers we had a discussion about why we should avoid saying phrases using the word "best" as in "best teacher" and "best friend" at school.

Sure, we simply intend to compliment the person we're speaking to. But without meaning to, we frequently hurt the feelings of anyone who overhears us say these words.

I role-played a teacher who played favorites among his students. In the role-play I complimented one of the pupils by saying she was "the best student" in the class. That really drove this lesson home. My words hurt them and made me less likable, too.

When we pick out a best friend, we hurt the feelings of all the others who wish to be our friend. There's a net loss to the social fabric of the class.

We also talked about why excluding people from activities is hurtful.

Our discussion set us up for a good day.

In PE our substitute teacher, Mrs. C., had the class play a hot-weather variation on "Duck, Duck, Goose." Her version is called "Drip, Drip, Drop!" Ask your child to tell you about it. (Mrs. C., by the way, talked to me after class to tell me that on a scale of 1 to 5—with 5 being awesome—she thinks our kindergarten class deserved a 5+ for their effort and cooperation in PE today.)

No Tribes tomorrow, but we'll have a 1:20-ish dismissal in kindergarten. The homework will be a simplified Sudoku puzzle. Look for it.

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