Learning Happens Before and After Lunch

Typically around this time of the year I pull out my old, tattered and torn, Charles Schultz books:

Happiness is a Warm Puppy

Love is Walking Hand in Hand

When I was in the classroom it was fun to read the stories and invite children to write their own pages for the book. Last week I was teaching third grade and had the students create their own book using the sentence stem: Learning is…

Their sentences soon began to tell a story about teaching and learning.

Learning is going for your goal.

Learning is really important for you.

Learning is a fun way to become educated.

Learning happens before and after lunch.

Learning is getting an A+ and working your butt off.

Learning is creative, fun, tricky, awesome, cool and out of this world.

Learning is asking questions and saying statements.

Learning is trying out new things.

Learning is making your brain work.

Learning is trying to be better than okay.

Learning is reading, writing, spelling, math, science and social studies.

Learning is fun and it can be really boring.

Learning is what kids do best at school.

Learning is easy to do for some kids.

Learning helps you do your stuff.

Learning is fun because it is to me.

Learning is helpful to other people.

Learning is how you learn so you’ll be smarter.

Learning is the best part if the day.

Learning is my favorite thing in the world.

Learning is listening, friendship, reading, working hard and cool.

Learning is making your brain really smart.

Learning is fun to do for some kids.

Learning is easy to do for some kids.

Learning helps you go to college.

Learning is one thing to one person and another thing to another person.

What would your students add to this story?



Jen Robinson

Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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