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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

You Learn Something New Every Day

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My dad had a lot of favorite sayings.  One of them, that I remember hearing often as I was growing up, was:

"You learn something new every day!"

As a kid, it often resulted in an eye roll from my siblings and I.  However, as an adult, I often think about how right my dad really was!  I do learn something new every day.

What did I learn today?  Plenty.

I learned:

  • The same children that evoked a happy Slice because of a wonderful writer's workshop experience can chew up and spit out a student teacher in a matter of two hours.  No joke.
  • The same children that wrote amazing endings yesterday to their stories barely put pencil to paper today.
  • When accompanying a group of fourth graders on a trip to the zoo, it is sometimes hard to distinguish between the children and the animals.
  • Fourth graders are as needy as kindergarteners.
  •  Giraffes like to eat carrots.
  • A giraffe's tongue can grow to as much as 18" long.
  • An hour seems extra long when standing in 30 degree weather with a group of fourth graders.
  • I remember why I choose to teach the early childhood age group.

See? I learned a lot today.  I'm sure my dad would be proud.

As you can also tell, I had an interesting day!  I spent the morning in my kindergarten classroom like normal and the afternoon at the local zoo with my son and his forth grade class.  Our duties this afternoon included watching our designated animals, prairie dogs, for one hour while recording our observations.  His class is lucky enough to be able to spend the entire week at the zoo.  They are having a lot of fun and learning a lot. And...in spite of the last item on my list above, I enjoyed spending time with them today.


  1. Too funny! I love your list and I too love learning new things each day. Today I learned that I need to be more appreciative of snow days! I wasted mine being grumpy but am now recovering nicely by reading so many good slices! Thanks for sharing! (And so true that the same group of kids can be so different from day 1 to day 2!)

  2. Oh how quickly the tide turns for the poor student teacher. Baptism by fire for her. As for fourth graders, I think the biggest difference from kindergarten students is they are bigger. A day of learning for all.

  3. What a fun day! An entire week at the zoo??? Wow! Thanks for sharing! Your blog made me smile!

  4. You sure did learn a lot today, enough for two day maybe!

  5. Funny post today. There is a great difference, sort of. I have loved working with the kindergarten classes this year, but I still prefer the older ones, although those 'issues' do remain the same. Nice to hear that you got to go with your son and his class to the zoo!