From time to time, I’ve written about Ms. C. – the amazing Ray of Sunshine (Ed Tech) who peppers herself into my room from time to time, but I’ve never really given her the starring role in a post she deserves.
When I first met Ms. C. last summer on the first day of school, she didn’t make the best impression on me. Her first words to me were something along the lines of, “I’m just warning you – I don’t really like kindergarten.”
Here’s the think about Ms. C – she’s an actress. Apparently she’s a very good one because either she really hates kindergarten and puts on the best show I’ve ever seen or she actually loves it. My hunch is it’s the latter.
Now before all my fellow kindergarten teachers start in with, ‘What? You have an ed tech? I have no help!’ Let me be clear. Ms. C. doesn’t belong to me or kindergarten. I share her with the entire school and on some level the world. On good days I get her for about an hour and a half. On better days she sneaks back to my room when she’s supposed to be elsewhere. I’m always happy to see her face.
But, nobody is more happy to see her than my sprouts. As much as they love me, they adore her equally. She reads books with me as we try to stamp out our best Jamaican accents to suit a title making each other laugh through the entire story. She takes my super wiggly friends on walks to help calm them. She teaches handwriting, something I really don’t care to do. But, above all else, she directs! She takes our stories and turns them into full fledge productions with costumes, props, puppets, and real – acting!
I could go on and on about why Ms. C. is the best thing to happen to my kindergarten classroom since I fell in love with my SmartBoard, but really, it all boils down to this: She loves my kids just as much as I do and in that, gives them something I could never do alone – two people loving the heck out of them.