Let’s go fly a kite
There’s nothing quite as magical as the simplicity of flying a kite. And I don’t think I’ve done it in about 15 years. It’s not one of those things you just DO. You have to go out of your way to do it. You have to conciously think about it. It’s not like it’s on your to do list! 🙂 But it needs to be done. I think we don’t veer off book from our to do lists enough lately. Too much to do, right?
But the kite contest the students are entering needs the entries in by Friday. So I have to push a few “to do’s” to the side, to make room for this. If you’re really concerned, our kite making escapades actually conform to quite a few EALRS and GLES, not the least of which being measurement, symmetry and use of line to show shape. But that’s neither here nor there. The truth is, not everything is in the GLE’s.
Our job is to prepare children for the real world, alongside mom and dad of course (we’re really only about 15% of the equation, but let’s take our 15% very seriously, shall we?) You can’t bottle “being a good citizen”. That’s what we’re creating in our classrooms – good citizens of the world. You never know what that’s going to entail! Today I had to teach a boy that it wasn’t polite to spit into your hand if you thought your tongue was bleeding. There’s no EALR that covers that!
The kids loved making kites. They worked together in teams, measured the sticks 3 feet long and 2 feet long (and we might have discussed how 3 feet was also a yard, and 2 feet was 24 inches). Tommorow they’ll work on decorating. They are smiling, and can’t wait to come to school tommorow. Which is good, because now I’ve hooked ’em, and can sneak up on them with the prefix and suffix quiz early in the day, and finish it off with a little kite flying.
Two sticks, some paper and tape, and a little string = engaged students, and upcoming good citizens of the world. I love my job!