Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The Power of Laughter (SOL15 Day 25)
I found out today that I use the word "so" a lot. Have you ever had someone bring something to your attention that you didn't know, but you sort of do? This was how I felt. I was sitting in the meeting area with my first graders. The little one that I mentioned above said, out of the clear blue, "Mrs. Ruckes, you say 'SO' a lot." I'm sure I had a puzzled look on my face. "I do?" I asked with a surprised tone. That was all I needed to hear to get me started...a little fuel to my fire. I started saying "SO" before every statement I made and with each "SO" I would look at the little guy who brought this to my attention. Each time I said it, he covered his face in anguish. At one point I looked right at him and asked, "Am I annoying you yet?" "Yes!" he replied emphatically. "Good!" I said and I continued to repeat the word "SO" before everything I said. The two of us began to laugh hysterically. Finally, another first grader asked us why we were laughing. "It's an inside joke." I replied. I don't know which of us enjoyed this episode the most but I suspect it was me. I love having a good laugh with my first graders. I can't tell you how surprised I was that this particular student noticed that I use the word "SO" frequently. Usually, he appears uninterested in what is going on around him and I spend a lot of time trying to keep him engaged in what we are doing. That's one of the reasons why he sits directly in front of me. I think this proves that, sometimes, when he appears not to be listening...he really is!
I love this time of the year with my first graders. They have grown so much since the beginning of the year. I love how confident they have become. I love that they feel comfortable enough with me, to share a personal observation about me. I love that we can laugh together and have a bit of fun while we are learning. I love that I'm still discovering new things about them.
I am NOT going to love letting them go in June. This group has a special place in my heart. I suppose, it's only fair that another teacher gets the chance to enjoy this great group of kids.