Today was the first day of Show and Tell. I both love and hate Show and Tell at the same time. I love it because of the chance to hear what my students have to say about the things they love. To see how their oral language is developing. I love it because, if a Show and Tell is great, I catch a little glimpse into a child's life.
I hate it because...it takes so much time. Time is limited these days in a classroom. There are lessons to learn. Tests to take. You know, the boring stuff that makes kids dislike coming to school. Unfortunately, that is what is becoming of education. Teach. Test. Teach. Test. No time for this. No time for that. Take away the "extra" stuff (usually the fun stuff) to make room for the test. ( Hopefully, you know me well enough to know that this is totally tongue in cheek...if you don't, it was.)
Before today, I would have said that I hate Show and Tell because of the mundane items the children bring. A crystal. A bouncy ball. A lego. A doll. As I sat today and listened to my students tell about their items, it occurred to me that what may be mundane to me is a treasure to them. I saw the light. It was worth the time. It was exciting for me to hear what they each had to say and the questions that the other students formulated and then articulated.
I take it back...I love Show and Tell!
Here is Tristan showing her dog, Sebastian.
Listen to the brilliant way they are house training the puppy.
Ethan brought a cicada that he found while he was in Texas.
Not only did he bring the bug, he had a bug book to go with it as well
as a picture of him with his uncle, and a live cicada.
Dallin won this medal for running a whole mile when he was in Idaho.
The bouncy ball of which I speak!
Chloe got this ball from her grandma's treasure box.
See! I told you I was wrong.
One last picture of Tristen and Sebastian.