Musings of a retired teacher
What fun. It must be great for a ham like you or me to have such an enthusiastic audience.
Dan: So cute to watch the little boys try to figure out what to do when the girls pair up with other girls to dance . . .The children are adorable! The cutest one though is the one in the red shirt at the front, Dan I think his name is. He just looks so happy!!
it's the best stage there is eh dan!!! great to see the live action dan with your live action kindies!!!! i love visiting the kindies in my school - especially at snack time!!!! it's hilarious, fun, real!!! steven
Sooooo cute! Loving that! As a teacher, myself... there's nothing better.
Hi, Jim—Yeah, I think it was you who got me started down the path....
Hi, Bonnie, Yes, I noticed the difference between the boys' and girls' in terms of their readiness to dance spontaneously. Some of the boys just stand there. Well, at least they all got up off their fannies.
Hi, Steven,I know you know from inside out how good teaching can be. It's one of those jobs available that can be really real, really human, really rewarding, really worth devoting one's life to. You have to know how to keep the "reformers" out of the classroom, you know, the ones who think schools are all about test scores.
Hi, Dayne—Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm sure you know, like Steven, the profound rewards teaching offers.
Hi Danwhat funI noticed they all energetically agreed that they should dance but then were reluctant to start swinging...thanks goodness for the little dancing girls...Happy days
Dan you were of course gorgeous.Made me wish I was a kindergarten teacher ...the children were so sweet!
dan - funny the mention of test scores because yesterday i had a really cool discussion with my principal and a few colleagues about the moral imperative of teaching the whole person and not the person whose value is assessed as a test result! that probably sounds familiar!!!! have a lovely day with the kindies! steven
Yes, we dance more thanks to the girls. In the past few years I've had 2 boys for every girl in my class. In those years, we ride bikes more and dance less.
Hi, Delwyn,Yes, the girls love to dance more than the boys. I can remember being a little boy and really hating to dance, so I don't worry about it too much. When those boys grow up and teach kindergarten, they'll learn to love dancing.
Sarah Lulu,Blush! Thanks. It's quite a privilege indeed to spend one's day among sweet school children. I think Yeats wrote a poem titled Among Schoolchildren, didn't he? I haven't read it in a long, long while.
Steven,You're a comrade-in-arms! We must protect our students as best we can against those who wish to reduce human beings to test scores. I'm glad to know there are agents in Canada doing the good work there, too.Carry on, my good man.
I like what I've read so far, lovely posts and thoughts.Will be backBM
Hi, Mothersalways--Thank you for leaving a comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the posts.Dan
That was fabulous! It was the perfect music to evoke their enthusiasm! What a bonding, aware-ness-making, funfilled activity! You deserve that applause, Dan!
p.s. I like the clean, uncluttered new blog look!
Hi, Margaret, Thanks for that. If you enjoy seeing very short uplifting videos of a kindergarten classroom, then please by all means visit Mr. Kindergarten from time to time. There's a new clip up there right now.
Thanks. The reason for the change in look is the better to display little video clips from YouTube. I found that the old format I had been using was cropping the video image, so I had to go to a simpler layout. As in so many things, simple is elegant.
If you're a kindergarten teacher then you must have the patience of Job.
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