By December we were perfecting the art of community circle and my friendly reminders were becoming less frequent for the class, except for one student. He became my sidekick, so that I was able to keep him close and provide constant reminders to listen to his classmates.
One day, as we were about halfway around the circle, my sidekick uncrossed his pretzel legs and knelt next to me. I patted his back and whispered, "Let's listen to our friends." He listened for a few more minutes and then suddenly bellyflopped into the middle of the circle. "I'm an orca whale!" he exclaimed as he flopped around the middle of the circle.
- proximity doesn't fix everything
- teaching requires thinking on your feet, as there are many situations you could never predict (but they make hilarious stories later!)