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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Samurai, layers, and cheerleaders oh my!

Q. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A. 'er ranger.

I love asking young children what they want to be when they grow up. Their answers are fantastic. Here are a few from my students:
-Cheerleader and tee-ball player
-football and basketball player
-police man

My challenge? To convince them that reading and math will help them reach their very ambitious career goals.

In all seriousness, every once and a while you can SEE a student's  eyes light up. Children have a look of pure excitement and joy. I got that today from one of my most serious and hardest working students. I was doing her investment survey and I told her..

"Did you know cheerleaders need to use math? When they learn their cheer leading routines and dances, they learn them by counting to 8. This is called an 8-count."

I had her stand up and do an 8 count with me and her face lit up like the Fourth of July. It was such a simple thing, but so worth it.

These are the moments I love teaching the most.

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