When starting a new year in Kindergarten I always forget just how little my KinderPals are. I forget that they don’t know how to put up their hand and wait to be called on. I forget that they don’t know to wait their turn to talk. I forget they don’t know where to put their shoes or hang their coat or put away the toys. I forget that they don’t yet know all the things that I taught my class last year. I forget that they really don’t know how to DO school.
But each year my new group of KinderPals show me growth and development. They show me what it means to learn. They show me that they can change and adapt to their new school environment. And with each passing year I hope they show me what I need to do to be the best teacher I can be.
Slowly, step by step, routines are mastered. Expectations are met and learning happens. One step at a time. One day at a time.
After all, many of my students are only four years old when they come to my KinderPals class. It is only fitting that everything they do is taken with baby steps. May I always be mindful of just how young they really are.