Station Conversation

“Guess what I learned today?” I’m rushing out to recess duty. I’m late, but Gregory’s question stops me in my tracks.

“I learned,” he pauses. “I learned times today!” he proclaims as he untwists his water bottle top.

“Woooooo! Really?” The words fall out of my mouth and my feet want to move towards the door. Recess is calling but his excitement has me standing right with him.

Gregory continues. “Really! For example,” he pauses and thinks back to what he has learned. “For example, 5 x 2 is 10. And…and.” He knows I’m a captive audience and continues, “And five times four is twenty!”

“Amazing, Gregory! Simply amazing. I bet your glad you came to school today.”

He shakes his head and turns to the water filling station and I hear him say “I can’t believe I learned times today!”

“I can’t believe I got to hear what you learned today!” I call back to him as I leave the water filling station and finally head out to recess duty. Late, but worth it.

8 thoughts on “Station Conversation”

  1. A perfect slice and example of what happens when we stop to listen. Gregory’s joy and your genuine interest were clear as you both came to life in this short but sweet slice.

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  2. These are the times that make school seem like an amazing place. I imagine there could be moments like that on a daily basis for many kids, but they don’t always see that the new thing they learned is as meaningful as “times.”

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  3. What a brilliant post! I am so glad I read this post today so I can share in the excitement as well! I love this sentence: Recess is calling but his excitement has me standing right with him.
    How wonderful he has you.

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  4. This snippet brought back memories of my teaching days and how wonderful it felt when kids shared their excitement with me. Savor the moments and thanks for sharing this.

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