Seeing an elderly looking student walk into the second-grade classroom perplexed me until I realized it was the 100th day of school. Most of the students came in one aged form or another, filling the room with hair buns, canes, and joyful chatter.
The fun was woven into writing workshop, and students enjoyed recording what they would do with $100.00, as well as what they will do when they are 100 years old. Not only does Paige (pictured) plan to be the best knitter ever when she is 100, but she plans to fly a plane to New York City and go skydiving. Having met her, I’m guessing she just might.
It is fun things like this that students will remember long after they leave us. The lessons we teach might be preparing them for life, but let’s remember that it doesn’t have to cost a thing to weave an element of fun into our learning, and that it’s those things that make some students want to come back day after day.