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Peter Piper

January 29, 2013 - Karin Elton
While waiting for some Holy Redeemer fourth graders to create a snow figure out of tag board and construction paper so I could take a photo for the paper, I observed their behavior yesterday.

Fourth graders seem like a fun age to teach. They were well-behaved but not little robots. They worked collaboratively and creatively together. They were in three small groups, each working on a portion of the snow figure. There was a group of all boys, one of all girls and a mixed group. The mixed group laughed a lot and teased each other.

I listened to the all boys group, which included Ryan, AJ and Jacob. While drawing different sports symbols, they would chat.

“What would you do if you could go back in time?” one said. “I would be an assassin!” one replied to the others’ shock. I think the one kid just liked the word, “assassin.” Then the assassin said he would blow up the iceberg that the Titanic ran into, presumably beforehand. I noticed in a nearby bin a pile of books including one about the Titanic.

The next time I looked over at the boys group, one boy was saying, “Peter Piper picked a peck of peppers” for some reason or probably no reason.


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