Day 9

Japanese lore suggests that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, your wish will come true. What would your wish be, and what would you be willing to do 1,000 times to get it?
I am pretty sure this is a new way of describing my job.
How many times do we say, “H, “hhh,” hat?” How many times have we sang (and acted out) If You’re Angry and You Know It? How many times have we worked on automatically recognizing the words “the” and “of?” How many times do we practice walking “quiet like mice” to the cafeteria?
Probably not 1,000 times… yet. But, do remember that I have the same students from kindergarten through 2nd grade. So I am sure we get to 1,000 at some point.
Would I change that? Never. How boring would our world be if we could teach kids something one time and never again?
And it’s the feeling, around that 1,000th time, when something finally catches, and my kids don’t pause when they see the words the and of, they remember not to hit or throw things, they walk by themselves to the cafeteria or have no problem remember what H (or any other letter of the alphabet) says. And my wish of getting them just a little closer to healthy, productive members of society is granted.

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