Saturday, February 15, 2014

Olympics: Russia vs. USA Men's Hockey

Kids should know that teachers are teachers for many reasons. One could be that they enjoy acting like kids. In an effort to revitalize my student Clara's commitment to Book Bingo, I challenged her to a contest. We each have six or seven books to go until we attain "Black Out" status on our Bingo cards.

"I'll race you," I said, as teaching partner KK listened in from her table across the room.

"Okay," she said.

"But," I said, "I'm totally going to win. I'm already reading this category [here I pointed at the Poetry Anthology space], and the book is short."

"I think I can win," Clara said, studying her card. It's true she's a smart and speedy reader, but she probably underestimates my will to achieve.

"I don't think so," I said, smiling. "I love to win, and I'm totally going to take you down."

"Real mature, Ms. W.," KK piped up. Maybe not mature, but definitely motivating. Clara already turned in another book talk form, and now I'm behind.


mm said...

Agree!! My group of seventh graders is delightful this year. I keep doing silly things then telling them that I get paid to do this. On Friday, I had a kid look at me and say, "You're good." I had asked for a fist to five. After their scoring, I told the 4s and 5s to prove it.

LH said...

Love this. I'm getting excited about getting back into the classroom to motivate young people in similar ways. Going to be fun.