Friday, April 15, 2011

Sometimes Simple Things are the Easiest

One thing I've learned as a Kinder teacher is that simplest things are almost always the best solutions.  Take for instance getting a drink.  Most of the time the kids are lined up, panting and sweating from P.E. or recess, and inevitably one child will hog the fountain.  My solution:  have the children count off five seconds.  "One Mississippi, two Mississippi, etc."  By five, the child has had plenty of time to gulp down enough water to tide them over.  (If they want more, they can go to the end of the line and wait another turn.)

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