The Crossing Guard Chronicles: These Kids Are Sharp…

Steve the Crossing Guard, dubbed “The School of Street” by fellow blogger The Hook, once again has a ‘classroom’ on his corner.

S'amusing

“Good morning…know what day it is?”

Now, this was not a trick question. Rather, it was a ‘PSA”, Public Service Announcement, for the kids I cross as a school crossing guard. I thought that I was just reminding them of the date.

“Yes, it’s Pi Day!”

“Pie Day? No, it’s March 14th!”

“That’s right, ‘Pi Day’, 3.14…..”

They had me. They were teaching me, turning the tables from our usual morning exercise. And, it was fun, lots of laughs.

These kids are sharp!

The mathematical ‘Pi’, of course, is the ‘ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter’. No, I didn’t know that. At one time, maybe, but years ago. One of the kids, a high school student, told me. I had more questions, but we were across and my ‘source’ was heading for her building, probably to a quantum physics class.

These kids are sharp!

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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12 Responses to The Crossing Guard Chronicles: These Kids Are Sharp…

  1. Norah says:

    Steve is amazing!

  2. srbottch says:

    Thank you, Jennie, for all your support and kind words.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Steve really ‘gets it’, doesn’t he? As well as imparting his own wisdom, he appreciates just how on the ball some of those kids are. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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