Falling Into First Grade

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Jan 28 2013

What Will Be Your Space Jam?

Sometimes on a Sunday evening, you need some motivation…

A Pep Talk from Kid President

And if that doesn’t work, a funny story from last week:

My school is, among many other things, a STEM magnet school. So once every four weeks or so, we go to Engineering Lab for a half hour a day to work on a project. So last week was our turn, and we were talking about robots. After the Engineering teacher showed my class some cool videos about robots used by doctors and scientists, their task was to draw a robot that could help people. Most of my students got it, and they drew robots helping them with their homework, robots that could pull people out of car crashes, and (my favorite) a robot that would help me do laundry. But there’s always one student, and as I glanced over at S’s picture it looked like his robot was doing battle–with a giant squirrel.

“S, can you tell me about this picture?”

Yeah, my robot is fighting a giant squirrel.

“Wow, that’s exactly what it looks like. Can you tell me why your robot is fighting the giant squirrel?”

S…without looking up or missing a beat: Because the giant squirrel started messing with my robot first!

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