Yesterday life handed me lemons. Literally. It was our school wide snack and my students begged to make lemonade. How could I say no? So today I brought a pitcher and sugar so we could make our own fresh-squeezed lemonade. It sure was tasty.
I like to think that it is the moments that are not mapped out in your planning book, the moments that come up naturally from student inquiry and desire, that build community with your class. Like with the lemonade. By helping them make lemonade today, their ideas were validated. They know that I hear them and that what they have to say and what they think matters.
Last week, we took another moment out of our day to walk across the street to visit the horses. Its nice to show them that our learning can come from anywhere, and that it is not confined to the walls of our classroom.