Around the living room, her much older teenage cousins took turns opening presents while her younger sister was happily distracted with a new toy.
Was she bored? Probably not - plenty of toys, games, and art supplies were in opened packages surrounding her.
Was she impatient? Somewhat, given that she was a very excited five year old with a pile of Christmas presents, not to mention she was in a room with eleven other adults and five teenagers involved in their own conversations and not rushing to open their gifts.
Still her voice cut through the air and made me stop and remember.....what awesome anticipation a young child has, not only for Christmas but for every day.
|Sunday, December 21st celebration at Grandma E.'s house.|
This experience made me wonder if, as teachers, we are misinterpreting what we classify to be boredom and impatience?
What will our students be anticipating as they return to our classrooms after their winter break? What will draw them in and keep their attention, or prompt them to ask for more? Will they be eagerly anticipating each day of class, opening new "gifts" of learning as they unwrap new ideas and skills?
Or, will they be saying, "I'm waiting......" as we carry on with our everyday routines and lessons?
Will their level of patience and self-control be sufficient, or are they sending us signals that they are anticipating a learning experience that will be one to be remembered when their parent asks, "What did you do today?"
Not every educational experience will match the joy of opening a gift at Christmas, but a classroom that regularly evokes the anticipation of a child will be the arena for awesome learning experiences.