Saturday, September 12, 2009
Our school district would not allow us to air the President's message to school children. We could show a recorded version with a permission slip signed from their parents. Not surprised by that decision since this is a "red" state, home of that oh so wise (read a$$) Jim Inhoffe. OK, I won't go down that road...
I sent out 24 permission slips and got all of them back. That's a record! Four students were not allowed to watch the speech. I did not get nasty notes or emails like some of my colleagues, but I did get several "Thank you!" notes written on the slips from parents who were allowing their kids to view the speech.
I showed it yesterday afternoon. I have a hard time getting these kids to pay attention for more than ten minutes. They were silent the entire time and hung on every word. I am not kidding! The message was simple "You can succeed. You have something to give to this country. You can accomplish whatever you desire by setting goals." After the speech we set short term goals. We will complete the project Monday by creating visuals (posters) of the path they plan to take to reach their goal.
Sixth graders never fail to surprise me...
Posted by joan at 5:44 AM