Today, I went into the one 5th grade class I support to introduce myself and do some book talks. To say I was nervous about it would be an understatement. I come from the kindergarten world (yes, I taught second grade before that, but even that seems like a very long time ago) and fifth graders are just much… bigger.
It turns out, they’re so much more than just larger than my previous charges. These kids are so smart, so engaged, so excited about learning, quite frankly, I stayed about fifteen minutes longer than planned because our discussion was so fun. These fifth graders wanted to hear everything I had to talk about. Every book. Every word from each passage I’d carefully selected to hook them. When I left the books for the class to borrow, they started arguing over who would get to read which book first.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still not sure if I could teach fifth grade. While I was waiting for them to finish their discussion on the current Syrian refugee crisis (had I stumbled into a high school civics class?) I took a peek at their math work and um, well, no. That being said, these kids are so passionate about learning, it gives me hope. Isn’t it our job to foster a love of learning? To inspire children to be passionate about reading and writing? These kids are making it easy.
For those interested, the books I book talked were:
- A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
- The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
- Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
- Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff