As a first grade teacher, I often think about my own year as a first grader, way back when.
And I wonder.
If I was a first grader in my own classroom, would I be able to hack it?
Would I have the qualities I expect from my students?
Responsibility: I don't think I ever had a backpack. Or homework to return. I wonder if my teacher expected me to be responsible at age 6.
Effort: I remember learning the word "red". That took a lot of effort. We actually learned all the colors of a stop light. Now my students have 11 spelling words per week, including bonus words like responsibility and cooperation. I wonder why things were so different back then. And it amazes me that my students are expected (by ME, the girl who was proud to know red) to read and write and learn nouns, verbs and adjectives (including the word red).
Expectations have changed through the years, and I'm actually quite proud of that. I'm glad I am a high expectations teacher. I'm glad the kids become responsible on my watch. And another thing. I think I could have hacked it. (Being in my own class, that is.) I would have wanted to please my teacher, so I think I would have jumped through hoops to become the student she wanted me to be.
What about you? How was first grade for YOU?