The Crossing Guard Chronicles: Oh, What We’ve Missed…

As the school year is quickly coming to an end, it is filled with emptiness. There are no children to hug. There are no “moments” that bring teaching to life. Reflections are wonderful, and Steve the Crossing Guard does just that in his post – the final day at his Curbside Classroom. Read on!

S'amusing

“Today, April 30, 1789, is a big day in American history. It happened in New York City and was the first of its kind. Do you know what it is?” *

This would have been today’s question at the Curbside Classroom. ‘Would have been’, because school has been shutdown, suspended, due to the Coronavirus.

April 19th, 1775 in colonial Lexington was another landmark day in American history, as was the prior day, April 18, that same year. The American poet with the long name, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, memorialized the 18th in his poem, ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’.

So many topics the kids and I are missing at the ‘Curbside Classroom’ because of our ‘furlough’ from school and my school crossing duties.

Sure, the daily history tidbits are interesting, but there’s so much more that we discuss, point out, quiz, laugh about in the minute we have while waiting…

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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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38 Responses to The Crossing Guard Chronicles: Oh, What We’ve Missed…

  1. Opher says:

    You are blessed with a special guy.

    • Jennie says:

      I’ll never forget the day I stumbled upon his blog. The key photo was Pavarotti. He is probably the best teacher I have come across.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Classic stuff from Steve, and a great reblog, Jennie.
    Homer Simpson seems to sum it up very nicely… 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Shoes says:

    Curbside Classroom – I love it!

  4. Thank you for sharing Steve’s post. I’m heading over to read the rest of it now.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Nice of you to reblog this Jennie

  6. CarolCooks2 says:

    Curbside Classroom has a lovely ring to it Jennie…It also made me remember our /my lovely crossing lady mine as a child and my childrens crossing lady when they started infant school…A vital job …lovely share, Jennie 🙂

  7. Wonderful as always… LOVE Steve’s curbside classroom and sharing from his blog! 🙂 xo

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m so pleased to have found Steve’s blog. There are so many people within a school that impact kids, and I know that Steve realizes the opportunity that he has to connect with kids.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Pete! I’m glad you found his blog, too. I stumbled across it a few years ago and was stopped in my tracks. You may want to peruse his curbside classroom posts. It’s a joy for a teacher to read.

  9. L. Marie says:

    That’s great!

  10. Norah says:

    Steve is an inspiration.

  11. I apologize for the late revisit, Jennie! But your Crossing Guard is definitely best. Thank you for mentioning. Will head over to read. Michael

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