Sometimes it’s not me who does the teaching…yesterday it was one of my second grade students. One of my students and I are reading the book, A Pony for Peanut by Sindy McKay. Its a “we both read” book so we take turns as we read. The story is about a young girl who is helping at her aunts farm for the summer. She befriends a horse named Peanut and learns all about horses. The farrier comes to help replace the shoes of the horse and she gets to help. The farrier uses a “rasp” or a big nail file to help with the shoe replacing too.
My student didn’t know what a nail file was so we went on a field trip to the office to hunt one down. We found one in the office and started to tell the secretaries about the book. When asked if they knew what a farrier was, they said no…What an opportunity for my student to share her knowledge with the secretaries. My student proceeded to tell these adult women what a farrier was…she was so proud of herself and may I say, was glowing a bit. I was so proud of her as she shared her knowledge…WOW!
Not only do we teach while at school, our students teach us as well. My students may not give me new information daily but they are always teaching me. They teach me how to treat others, they teach me how to talk with others, and they teach me so much more…I love being a teacher and learner!