Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fourthgradeisms

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.
~Jean Piaget
What is a Fourthgradeism?  That's unintentional original thoughts that fly from my student's mouths that leave me laughing as I gently correct their misunderstanding.
For example, this one Fourthgradeism happened when we were reviewing abbreviations in English. Unrelated to the English lesson, I made conversation on the playground, and asked, “What part of town do you live in?” She answered, “Right by CARMEN DOCTOR. “

Carmen Doctor? Ahhh, “Dr.” translated to doctor, but I know she meant Carmen Drive!
 A student asked me, what I wanted for Christmas when I was ten.  Was it money? I responded that “back then” you received presents and not cash.  However, I let him know that my grandfather gave me $50 and this was a BIG deal because thirty years ago fifty dollars was a lot of money. He thought about that, then asked, “Is that because of inflammation?”

“HUH?” I thought. Oh yes … Inflation, my friend, it’s inflation!
Another example? My students had to write a pen pal letter to practice basic letter structure. I cracked up when one of the letters I reviewed was addressed as follows:

 Dear Unibrow, (yes UNIBROW!) Another one was being sent to MATILDA!
And finally, while reviewing California History and the road that, in 1769, Portola and Father Junipero Serra traveled on their expedition north along the Mexican BAJA peninsula ... a  student’s hand shot up and he asked. “Is this the same guy who invented BAJA FRESH?”

Yes, these are the children that are yet to be altered by adult society! I love working in fourth grade!

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