And How are the Children..?

Mr. Groves’ Neighborhood

Posted on: April 15, 2010

I have been spending the day as a visitor in the 3rd grade classroom of my friend and colleague, David Groves. I brought an art activity to do, based on the story Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. The students are bright, enthusiastic and so knowledgeable – they took to the story and assignment with verve, asking thoughtful questions and making astute observations.

I would love an opportunity to guest teach again – I haven’t been in a classroom in such a long time, and there are so many practical considerations of group rhythm, pacing and ongoing focus, guidance and, well, teaching. Mr. Groves is adept at not only managing behavior, but guiding it toward learning at every opportunity. This is why I admire teachers so much, and why I intend to make a career out of giving them support.

Thank you for this opportunity, Mr. Groves. I am learning so much, and will definitely look for more opportunities to spend time in classrooms.


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