Steve the crossing guard sent me this new story. Sit back, read, and enjoy one of the best stories from his ‘Curbside Classroom’. Steve is a remarkable teacher who makes a difference – no classroom needed. He’s my role model. Thank you, Steve!
I wanted to tell you about a high school student who I haven’t been able to get to for two years. He mumbles his name, doesn’t smile, seems aloof, doesn’t say a word.
However, this morning I announced that next week will be, ‘stump the crossing guard’ week. And the topic will be ‘inventions’. I asked them just to give me an invention and I’ll try to guess the inventor, and they will have to know the answer, as well. What they don’t know is that I don’t have a clue who invented what, other than some well known ones. So, I’ll just be taking SWAGS, ‘scientific wild ass guesses’, just to keep the conversation going.
What I announced it to the kids group this morning, suddenly this kid’s eyes popped open and he said, ‘I’ve got one for you, who invented the swivel chair?’ Of course, I pretended to think about it, but I had no clue so he told me, Thomas Jefferson. I was flabbergasted, to say the least, not about Jefferson but the fact the kids showed enthusiasm. So, apparently he does listen to me and I happened to hit a nerve that was positive with him. A terrific moment.
This week we talked about the definitions of Isthmus and straits with examples. Some knew but they all do now. Of course, Shakespeare died past Tuesday, 1616. That fit in with English classes that are studying Shakespeare. I cross a couple of English teachers and they planned to mention it in class.
Last week was the anniversary of the Pony Express and I think it was the first time the kids heard about it, for some anyway. One of the English teachers mentioned that they were doing a unit on the US Postal Service, and one of her students mentioned about the Pony Express discussion at the ‘crossing’.
So, the ‘Curbside Classroom’ thrives.
I’ve been enjoying your posts, Jennie. I just haven’t written much. Have a wonderful weekend.