Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bright Lights

Fifth week of school in the books.  The heat and humidity in the classroom have been overwhelming, making learning difficult but there have been many bright lights.  

On Friday afternoons we have a dedicated time for p4c (philosophy for children).  Notice that philosophy is intentionally written in lower case.  Have you ever tried to have a philosophical conversation with 2nd graders?  Sometimes I just shake my head and try not to laugh but on Friday, we had an amazing conversation.  

Our guiding question was, is it true that kids are always nice to each other?  The children talked about differences, arguments in the lunchroom, being mean and being nice, etc.  They also brought up some of what I have been teaching them.  That made me feel good, like I wasn't talking to a wall, some of them are actually listening, even if it doesn't feel like it or if the behavior doesn't reflect it.  We work on listening with empathy and having collaborative conversations.  I learn so much about my students when we are in circle.  These are the moments that fulfill me in a way that a paycheck doesn't.

I think I am expecting too much, too soon.  We are only five weeks into school and I feel like I am behind.  Our conversation on Friday reminded me that they are learning, it just takes time.  I am going to look for the bright lights and enjoy the journey in 2nd grade.  After all, they are learning and we are making progress, we need to have some fun!

If you do p4c in your classroom, I would love to hear what you do in your classroom.

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