One of the pros of teaching first grade

J. was the first student to arrive. He came in the classroom door and called out, “Good morning, Mrs. Hogan!”

“Good morning, J, ” I answered, “Are you ready for a great day?”

“Yes, ” he replied, “I’m going to make a new friend today.”

“You are?” I asked, smiling, my day already made.

“Yes,” he said firmly, “I don’t know three girls in our class still.”

“Do you have a plan?”
“Well, I was going to ask you. It’s been so long since I made a new friend. I had a plan last night, but I forgot.”

Our conversation continued and J. remembered and fleshed out his plan. He would wait until recess and then ask a mutual friend to bring one of the girls over. Then he was going to say, “Hi. I’m J. What’s your name?”

Don’t you just love this kid?

4 thoughts on “One of the pros of teaching first grade

  1. danrothermel says:

    Yes indeed. There can be such joy and happiness in a classroom, especially yours.


  2. danrothermel says:

    Yes! I do love this kid. I also love that his teacher asked right at the beginning, “Are you ready for a great day?” What a great question for all of us to ask at the beginning of every brand new day….


  3. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks, Dan, aka Hannah 🙂 I hope you’ve had a great weekend!


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