Steve is at it again, teaching like a master at his ‘Curbside Classroom’. The depth of his teaching is intuitive and rich. There is so much here in his post, I had to read it over again. Enjoy!
The ‘Curbside Classroom’
Johnny Carson had Ed McMahon, Groucho Marks had George Fenneman. My ‘straight man’, here at the ‘curbside classroom’, was a middle schooler with a contagious laugh, perfect for the role.
Me, to a group of kids gathering at the crossing post: “Joe’s pizza is so good, I ‘et’ seven pieces!”
My ‘straight man’: “Don’t you mean ‘ate’?”
Me: “Hmmm, maybe it was ‘eight’ I ‘et’.” (drumroll, please)
Confused looks, then some smiles and an occasional, ‘oh, I get it’!
‘Get it’, or not, for me it was ‘mission accomplished’: a few smiles, some laughs, a language lesson and a feel good moment to start the school day.
The morning banter offers an opportunity for kids to communicate with an adult, me. For most, it’s easy, for some it’s awkward, and for a handful, it’s difficult. However, as days turn to weeks, weeks to months and the school…
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