For several years, I taught a young fives class. It was a neat change from my kindergarten class because I had fewer students and it was very much a bridge to kindergarten, filled with lots of learning-based play. Just like every teacher, sometimes I felt successful and sometimes not so much, depending on the day.
There was one successful moment that sticks in my mind even now. At the time, we were working on making patterns with manipulatives, toys, and ourselves. Several days afterward, we went to our regular Friday children’s mass. (I worked at a Catholic school.) As we were walking along the interior courtyard to the church, one of my little girls stopped and stared at the wall along the side of the church. “Miss B!” she said. “It’s a pattern!” And as I watched she walked along the wall, chanting and touching a statue, a window, a statue, a window, and a statue–all the way to the entrance of the church. I almost got a little teary-eyed! I knew they were learning, but it was delightful to see the information applied when we were out and about.
It’s these moments that keep us teaching and learning as well. Tell me about a time when one of your students had an “a-ha” moment.