Friday, March 11, 2016

SOLSC #11 What are the best parts?

During the month of March, I am participating in
the Slice of Life Story Challenge.
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day for thirty-one days. My slices will be primarily about teaching preschoolers.
Check out the Two Writing Teachers website for many more reflections on teaching.

This has been a long, hard week at work, and I thought it would be a nice note to end on if I listed the high points -  my gratitudes and my laughs:

1. Words from a preschooler: "Look, Ms. Ingram, I am growing! My belly is getting so big, just like my Daddy's!"
2. A classmate returns after a long absence and she is enveloped in hugs, children unable to stop loving her, they have missed her so much.
3. Taking a sad child's hand and giving it a quick, gentle kiss, only to have the child say, "Oh, that's the hand I forgot to wash!"
4. Videotaping a child who was talking about his engineering project, forgetting to have the volume on, and being treated to a delightful mime  -  animated posture, fast-paced words coming from his lips, all accompanied by passionate gestures. Adorable!
5. How quickly tears vanished when I covered the world's tiniest boo boo with a bandaid - out of sight, out of mind.
6. A little boy's delighted squeals on the metro train; his grandmother sharing with me that he loves busses and trains, and so they were spending the day together riding different modes transportation.
7. Words from a preschooler as she begins to read a favorite book to her classmates and simply holds it up for them to see, "If you can see this book, then you are in a good place. If you can't see this book, please move now to a better place for seeing." (Yes, she has imitated me perfectly.)
8. Shrieks of joy from preschoolers as their huge cardboard tower fell down.
9. Impromptu puppet shows led by preschoolers at the end of the day.
10. Words from an adult: 'education needs to keep children at the center, with adults all around, working together.'


  1. This is an amazing post and something we should do more often. My writing down these positives they become alive and they will stay with you! On those challenging days, get those negative things out quickly and come back to this list. Thanks for sharing! Working with kids is such a joy!

  2. I've read enough of your posts to know the kids are always at the center of your world, and I had no idea you'd had a rough week because your posts are always inspirational. Have a good weekend.