Tag: Kindergarten

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I was going through pre-Ricochet writing on FB, when longer pieces were posted in the form of “Memos.” I found this item from 2010, and although I may have posted it before, I thought a reprise would be fun. Note: My experience with this age group was much improved later, due to a new teacher […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Enviro-Fascism for Toddlers

 

My kindergartner (ok, not a toddler, per se) is watching some Nickelodeon show called “Rainbow Rangers.” I only paid attention to the background noise until I heard something infuriating. Their happy little home was experiencing earthquakes; very odd, since they’re not on a fault line. What could possibly be causing this destruction to their home?

Why, fracking, of course. “Scientists say that it’s bad for the environment.” The fracking manager lays booby traps and is, of course, as evil as possible. Undeterred, the Rainbow Rangers show him a better way to generate energy: windmills! Never mentioned, of course, is that wind energy is incredibly inefficient and saves no money long term, to say nothing of the impact (pardon the pun) on fowl-life.

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We keep hearing about how Finland is outperforming us because of their student-centered instructional model, national school lunches, and delay in teaching of reading until the child is older. (Actually, their performance nationally has been dropping over the years since they switched from traditional instruction.) Anyway, this article explains that the US has a completely […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Dogs at the Doctor’s Office and Other Stories

 

While waiting for my turn to see the doctor, I was surprised to see a large yellow dog stroll up behind the receptionist’s desk. Then he noticed me and stood with his front paws on the counter to get a better look. I was charmed. When he came out into the waiting room, I greeted him and let him sniff my belongings. It was comical, too, to find that on my way to the restroom, he was padding down the hall behind me.

I pumped the assistant who was taking my blood pressure. Whose dog was this? It had been newly adopted by the doctor, she explained. Since he lived on a rural property, he didn’t want to leave the animal all day to have it wander off. So was this a temporary arrangement? I wondered. The assistant replied that yes, it was, probably. She betrayed no emotions on the subject, for or against. The receptionist had also appeared to have zero opinions regarding her assistant greeter.

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When I posted my “luck” story last week, on the privilege of subbing in Kindergarten for an excellent teacher, I referred to my first day in Kinder at that school six years ago–when the classroom atmosphere wasn’t so ideal. I said that later, I’d share what I had written at the end of that intense work […]

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We are lucky–blessed–when we can get paid to do the work we love. I am privileged to have two education-related jobs, to devote myself to tasks that give long-term satisfaction, and then to receive affirmation from colleagues and kids–like gravy on something already good. Working with Kindergartners in the school system has been an unexpected […]

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