Saturday, October 9, 2010
Look at My Happy Rainbow," written by a male Kindergarten teacher, . His blog chronicles his day-to-day encounters with his "sprouts" as he refers to his students. Although I am a high school special education teacher, the insights from a kindergartner teacher's point of view are refreshing and encouraging. My passion was originally to work with elementary students who are just learning the lay of the land where everything is new to them. Somehow I was guided into high school where my job now is to mold respectful, responsible, hard-working young adults. "Look at My Happy Rainbow" allows me to look at both the complexity and simplicity that Kindergarten classrooms are made of. In one post entitled, "Genius," the teacher had his "sprouts" create adjectives for the pictures of pumpkins they had just drawn on a piece of paper. One student chose the word "scary" and needed guidance in how to spell out the word. The teacher sat down and helped the student spell out each sound and when they got to the last sound, /ee/, the student wrote a "y". When asked how the student knew the letter was a "y" and not and "e," which was fully expected to be what a kindergartner would produce, he simply responded, "It's just like the "y" at the end of my name" (Billy). The pureness of the student's answer reminds the teacher and readers not to ever underestimate your student's inner genius!