It was another good day.
Yes, I had a lesson plan.
Yes, I had objectives for the day.
Yes, we pretty much did them.
And my students, as always, brought so very much more to the table.
We discovered that when ideas stretch across multiple texts, we call those universal themes:
-Greed stinks, gives you tunnel vision
-Adults are sightless, kids can change the world (but kids BECOME grown-ups)
-People fear change
Students revealed found other moments of truth:
-if kids disagree with what their parents say, do, or believe, that can be scary
-but it’s necessary, if we want change in the world
-kids don’t really get enough credit for what they know
-orphan stories let us see kids without grown-up interference
-my “signature smiley” is actually made up of my initials
And? My very favorite moment of wisdom and cleverness from the day?
When one banana eats another, it’s called bananabalism.
If that doesn’t deserve a mic drop, I don’t know what would.