I had the pleasure of subbing in a 4th grade classroom a few weeks ago. My goal was to live that quote from Stacy Bess. I didn't want to hide behind my title. I didn't want to just get through the day, and worry about all of my tech director duties. I wanted to get down on the floor and connect with those kids. One of the first things we did that day was a timed math quiz on multiplication tables. One little girl told me "I don't want to take this test because I'm not good at math." Before I started the timer I got down on my knees in front of her desk. I told her she was amazing at math. I told her she could do it. I told her "I can't believe you don't know was 6 x 0 is! Or what 6 x 1 is." She said, "Well, of course I know those ones." I quickly showed her how many times those appeared on the test and then urged her to do her best. I started the timer and she got right to work. When I collected her test, I gave her a high five. I told her she did an amazing job! The smile on her face told me that maybe, just maybe, she didn't think she was as bad at math as she did before the quiz. For the rest of that day, I tried my best to inspire her and her classmates. We ended up having a lot of fun learning together! And I can't wait to go back!
Don't forget to the love the kids!