Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Shameless Ham

I admit it. I'm a shameless ham.

I guess it's okay--I'm a kindergarten teacher.



More confessions: I added the applause.

22 comments:

James Gurney said...

What fun. It must be great for a ham like you or me to have such an enthusiastic audience.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

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!!

steven said...

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

Dayne Gingrich said...

Sooooo cute! Loving that! As a teacher, myself... there's nothing better.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Jim—

Yeah, I think it was you who got me started down the path....

Dan Gurney said...

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.

Dan Gurney said...

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.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Dayne—

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm sure you know, like Steven, the profound rewards teaching offers.

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

what fun

I 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

Sarah Lulu said...

Dan you were of course gorgeous.

Made me wish I was a kindergarten teacher ...
the children were so sweet!

steven said...

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

Dan Gurney said...

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.

Dan Gurney said...

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.

Dan Gurney said...

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.

Dan Gurney said...

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.

mothersalways said...

I like what I've read so far, lovely posts and thoughts.
Will be back
BM

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Mothersalways--

Thank you for leaving a comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the posts.

Dan

Margaret Pangert said...

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!

Margaret Pangert said...

p.s. I like the clean, uncluttered new blog look!

Dan Gurney said...

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.

Dan Gurney said...

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.

Reggie said...

If you're a kindergarten teacher then you must have the patience of Job.