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.
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!
“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!